Pools are a wonderful way for the family to relax and play during summer, but there’s a deadlier side to them that many don’t realize until it’s too late. The starling fact is that, for children from 1 to 4 years of age, drowning is the #1 cause of death. Small children aren’t the only victims either, as kids up to 15 years and older can easily and quickly drown in a pool. For that reason, we’ve compiled a list of the 7 Best Practices for Pool Safety, below.
1- Safety Devices and Barricades Don’t Work as Well as Supervision
Many pool owners believe that pool safety is as simple as putting up a fence or keeping several life-saving devices nearby. Truth be told, there’s nothing that prevents a child drowning better than good old-fashioned parental supervision.
2- Small, Plastic Toy Pools Can Be Just as Deadly
If you’ve purchased a smaller ‘toy’ pool for your little ones, please don’t think it’s completely safe, because it most definitely is not. In fact, over 10% of child drowning incidents under 15 are in a pool just like this, so always keep a constant eye on the pool.
3- Don’t Leave Children Alone, Even For a Minute
We’ve talked about supervision and its vital importance in water safety. The problem is, many pool owners think it’s OK to leave the kids alone for a few minutes while they get a drink, go to the bathroom, or answer their phone, etc. When you consider that all it takes is 5 minutes underwater for a child to suffer severe brain damage, leaving them alone for any amount of time is simply not an option!
Since it’s almost impossible to eliminate any and all distractions for hours at a time, and it is most certainly impossible to have 24/7 close supervision in residential pools, an ‘always on’ safety layer like the Coral Drowning Detection System is a crucial helping hand. Having a system that monitors what happens in and around the pool, under the water, 24/7, provides a layer of safety of an extra pair of eyes that never close or look away.
4- Check Your Pool’s Drain for Forceful Suction
Every pool has a drain and, depending on the size, that drain can exert an awful lot of sucking force, enough to trap even the best young swimmers underwater. That’s why it’s important to check your pool’s drain to make sure that the suction there isn’t so powerful that it can hurt or even drown a child.
5- Have Several Safety Devices to Prevent Risk of Drowning
A pool cover / pool fence is a great way to prevent accidental child drowning, as well as a pool alarm, but you should consider having even more. Pool fences for example are a good start, with self closing latches, but also make sure you don’t put anything nearby that a child could use to ‘hop the fence’.
One thing to keep in mind is that, with recent technological developments in artificial intelligence (AI), an additional layer of safety can be added in and around the pool, even when it’s in use. The Coral Drowning Detection System offers this, the first of its kind and the extra level of safety that every pool owner needs.
6- Teach Your Children Pool Safety, Often
One of the best methods to keep child drowning from ever happening is simply to teach (and re-teach, and re-teach, etc.) your children about pool safety, and that it’s never OK to go in the pool alone, play around the pool or otherwise be near the pool unless an adult is nearby. Repeat these things to your children often so that they become ingrained in their consciousness.
7- Teach Your Children to Swim
While it may sound silly, a child that is a good swimmer will have a better chance of not drowning than a child who does not know how to swim. Teach them yourself or send them to a local pool where they can be taught, and the chance of accidental drowning decreases dramatically.
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