June 23, 2010

Pool Safety

I am doing this post to educate you on pool safety. I would love for not one more parent to have to go through what Gregg and I go through on a daily basis! 
 Here are some Pool Drowning Facts:

1.  Drowning is the #1 killer of children under the age of 5

2.  Only a momentary lack of supervision puts the child at risk

3.  The majority of drowning occurs in residential swimming pools and spas

4.  Drowning is 100% preventable

Because of these four facts, the ABC’s of pool safety target:

~Safeguarding children under the age of 5

~Educating parents/guardians of these young children

~Residential swimming pool and spa safety

~Preventing a tragedy and providing peace of mind

The ABC's of Pool Safety and more information can be found HERE

A = Adult Supervision

~Assign an adult to supervise children in and around the swimming pool and spa. This is needed whether there is one parent or guardian present or numerous adults present such as during a family event or party.

~Maintain constant eye-to-eye supervision with children in and around the swimming pool and spa.

~Remove children from the swimming pool and spa area for any distraction such as a telephone call, use of restroom, etc.

~Issue the adult supervisor an item such as a whistle, bracelet, etc. to reinforce which adult is in charge of the safety of the children. 

~Floaties or other inflatable flotation devices are not life jackets and should never be substituted for adult supervision.

~Maintain a clear view (no trees, bushes or other obstacles) from the home to the swimming pool and spa.

~Ensure any adult responsible for the children know the emergency services telephone number and also your location address in the event emergency personnel are needed to be called to the scene.

B = Barriers

~Have a fence enclosure that isolates your swimming pool and spa from the home, play areas, front and side yards and the neighbor’s yard.

~Make sure all gates in the isolation fence are self-closing and self-latching.

~Multiple layers of barriers isolating the pool and spa from children should be installed. In addition to an isolation fence, one or more of the following safety features can provide the additional protection necessary:
  1. Approved swimming pool and spa safety cover
  2. Approved swimming pool and spa alarm
  3. Exit alarms on doors providing access to the swimming pool and spa
  4. Keep all doors and windows leading to the swimming pool and spa area locked
  5. Doors providing access to the swimming pool and spa equipped to be self-closing and self-latching with a release mechanism high enough to be out of the reach of a child.
  6. The man-door from the garage should be self-closing and self-latching with a release mechanism high enough to be out of the reach of a child
  7. Perimeter yard fence provided with a self-closing and self-latching gate

    ~All chairs, tables, large toys or other objects that would allow a child to climb up to reach the gate latch or enable the child to climb over the isolation fence should be removed or kept inside the fenced area.

C = Classes

~Learn how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). 

~See CPR Awareness Video on this website; or use the link on this website to the American Heart Association to sign-up for a CPR class or to purchase an at-home training kit.

~Enroll your child in swimming lessons.


otherwise known as mom said...

Thank you for using your story to educate others and possibly avert another tragedy.

PS love the new blog look

Meg said...

Thank you for posting this. I hate that you have to post this from your experience, but as a swim instructor I love that you are getting the word out.

Love the banner up top!

~Meg @ "Through the Roses"

The Ennis' said...

I've been following your blog ever since the tragedy. We were in the middle of building our pool when it happened and I really wanted to just fill it in. Thank you for getting information out. We have a 2 1/2 year old and are working on teaching her to swim. We were in Florida last week and our Garmin took us a different way back home (Arkansas). I saw the sign that pointed to Opp! I thought about y'all all day. Kaidi is such a cutie. I'm still praying for you all!
Angie Ennis

Brown Eyed Mama said...

Thank you so much for posting this--my oldest and middle girls (we have three) opened the safety gate to the pool in the fifteen seconds my back was turned when they were 3 and almost 2, and my middle girl immediately fell in. It was only luck (and that my oldest thought to come tell me as soon as it happened) that our story had a happier ending than yours--it almost wasn't. Ever since then I've been militant about water safety.

I'm so, so sorry you've had to experience this tragedy, but I hope in posting this you've saved a few lives. :)

-Mel (@ Small & Fierce)