According to the CPSC, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional deaths for children between the ages of one and four. In honor of the first official day of summer and National Safety Month, KID wants to provide you with pool safety tips to keep the children you love safe.
- Always supervise young children when around water. Although lifeguards and the buddy system can help, it is always best to have an additional set of eyes on young children. Keep very young children within arm’s reach.
- Teach children how to swim. Swimming is a valuable skill that could save your child’s life, not to mention all the fun and health benefits it can bring.
- Check pools you visit for drain covers over every drain. Drains can pose a risk of entrapment if a child gets a limb stuck in the suction. Teach children to avoid the area around pool drains. Learn more about drain safety here.
- Learn how to perform CPR, both on children and adults. Be prepared if a time comes where it is essential.
- A four-foot fence with a self-locking gate is the best protection for backyard pools. According to the American Red Cross, over 200 children die every year from incidental backyard pool drownings.
- Check CPSC.gov for recalls of Life jackets, pool toys and pool equipment.
Between 2005 and 2014 there were an average 3,536 fatal drownings annually. Because of this massive problem, the CPSC launched a campaign called Pool Safely where you can find more up-to-date information on how to keep your children safe.
KID wishes you and your family a happy and healthy summer!