The thought of a child drowning is just plain terrible. As pool owners, it is our responsibility to prevent these tragedies as best we can. So it is important to remember that your pool is a safety risk even when your child is nowhere near it. When a child goes missing, before anything else, you should always check the pool.
Here’s what you need to know to prevent this type of horrible situation.
Curious Mind, Curious Feet
A curious child is a wonderful thing, but they can also quickly get up to no good. Kids are often adventurous and will find their way into nooks and crannies of your house that you thought were secure. Prevent temptation by always removing any toys, such as inflatable floats, from the pool area. If your child sees them, they may become determined to play with them. In these cases, they may be more likely to wander into unsafe territory when no one is looking.
Check the Pool First
A missing child can easily set a parent into panic mode. If you recently saw your child inside, your first instinct may be to search all of the rooms in your house, looking in any corners or closets that may serve as hiding places. However, you would be missing one big red flag. In truth, the first place you’ll want to check before all of these other places is the pool. Yes, even in the winter, you should always check the pool!
In 46 percent of drowning cases with children, the last place the child was seen was their house. Drowning can happen in a few short minutes, so there’s no time to spare.
Provide Layers of Protection
At Life Saver Pool Fence, we’re big advocates for creating a safe environment around your pool. Yes, this of course includes a pool fence. Investing in a fence creates a barrier to entry for small children and pets that may innocently enter or fall into the water and not be able to get out. According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of deaths among children aged one through four.
However, a pool fence isn’t the only line of defense you have when it comes to water safety. Added layers of protection mean an added likelihood of your family remaining safe. Here are several other easy measures you can take to help prevent a tragic accident.
- Get a self-closing self-latching gate. These gates provide an added level of safety in case you leave the gate ajar. It will close and lock behind you.
- Add an alarm on windows and doors that have access to the pool.
- Install an additional alarm inside the pool that will let you know if someone enters the water.
The Value of Lessons
It never hurts to be properly trained. In fact, it increases the chances of being able to save themselves or someone else in case of a near-drowning.
If you have a pool, swim lessons are essential for everyone in your house. Make sure babysitters are trained as well! Lessons for infants begin earlier than many people often realize. With Infant Swimming Resource, infants can learn water survival skills as young as six months. Take safety a step further by learning CPR. This skill is truly a life-saver!