WATER SAFETY TIPS
- Children should never be left unattended in or near a pool or any body of water (including a bath tub), NOT EVEN FOR A MINUTE.
- Assign or designate a water watcher.
- Teach children and caregivers how to swim and learn basic swim safety instructions.
- If a child is missing, check the pool first.
- Install 4-sided isolation fencing around the pool, not just the yard.
- Use self-closing/latching gates, gate alarms, pool alarms, children’s personal alarms, door alarms, & motion detecting devices.
- Install child proof doors and locks 54″ high on interior doors.
- Remove or lift and lock above ground pool ladders.
- Have rescue equipment on hand: Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs), Life Ring, Shepherds Hook.
- Check all drain covers for cracks, missing screws and make sure that they are CPSC Virginia Graeme Baker (VGB) Pool & Spa Safety Act compliant.
- Teach all caregivers Infant, Child/Adult CPR, First Aid and Water Rescue Techniques.
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THE SAFER 3 CHARACTERS ARE HERE TO TEACH ABOUT WATER SAFETY
Sammy Starfish says Safer Water
Safer Water means identifying where the risks are with any body of water (bathtubs, pools, spas, lakes, rivers or oceans) and learning how to reduce those risks. For example installing barriers such as isolation fencing around a backyard pool would reduce the risk of unauthorized access to the pool by young children.
Timmy Tadpole says Safer Kids
Safer Kids covers the behaviors necessary for both kids and parents to promote water safety. These water safety tips include constant responsible supervision by adults, along with swimming skills attained through ongoing qualified instruction for kids.
Gilbert Guppy says Safer Response
Safer Response overviews emergency response techniques and emergency action plans as a path to water safety. Learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid, as well as having a phone by the pool at all times, are just a few of the water safety tips covered here.
WHY SWIMMING LESSONS AT A YOUNG AGE?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated advice on drowning prevention. “To protect their children, parents need to think about layers of protections Children need to learn to swim. Parents must also closely supervise their children around water and know how to perform CPR.”
These statements are quoted from Dr. Jeffrey Weiss, MD, FAAP and lead author of the policy statement and technical report for (AAP).
Drowning is still a leading cause of death for children under 5yrs of age. New evidence indicates that children who have been introduced to a water safety program may stand a much better chance of survival in the event of a water incident. In fact, along with proper adult supervision, formal swimming lessons are associated with an 88% reduction in the risk of drowning for children ages 1-4.
Centers for Disease Control(CDC), National Drowning Prevention Alliance(NDPA), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), National Institute of Health(NIH)