Pool Safety, Prevent Drowning



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Critical Info on Children and Pools from the Centers for Disease Control,

1. Children between the ages of 1 and 4 have the highest drowning rates.

  • Most occurring in swimming pools at home.
  • Drowning accounts for one-third of the deaths.

The American Red Cross recommends

  1. Protecting home pools with a gate. “Secure your pool with appropriate barriers.
  2. Completely surround your pool with a 4-feet high fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate.
  3. Place a safety cover on the pool or hot tub when not in use and remove any ladders or steps used for access.
  4. Consider installing a pool alarm that goes off if anyone enters the pool,” says the American Red Cross website.

The organization also emphasizes

Concialdi added that children often do not make a noise if they’re drowning, so parents need to stay vigilant.

“Unfortunately, children do drown without a sound. There is no yelling or screaming,” he said.

The American Red Cross also advises that parents take first aid and CPR courses to help in an emergency.

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