If you own a swimming pool, then you’ve got to be hoping for a warmer August. We’ve noticed some new above-ground and in-ground pools in backyards here in New Hartford, so we thought it might be helpful to remind homeowners about keeping their kids safe in and around the pool.
We’ll start out with a sobering note from Pool Safely, a website of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, “Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1-4.”
We didn’t realize that the pool could be so dangerous for our youngest kids. Here’s what Pool Safely recommends to prevent this tragedy from happening to you.
1. Always have someone watching when a child is in or near the water. A good idea is to have an adult designated as a Water Watcher. This person doesn’t read or flip through their iPhone. They keep track of every child all the time. And they do have a phone handy in case of emergency.
2. Teach your kids how to swim. There are swim lessons available at local pools, country clubs, and swim clubs. Locally we found New Hartford Aquatics, the Clinton Community Pool, and the Clinton Swim Club. Also the Aquatics Club at Utica College and YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley. There’s more, just ask around to get your kids enrolled in swimming lessons. And it doesn’t have to be summer, as some of these clubs use indoor pools.
3. Tell your children emphatically to stay away from drains or suction outlets. Make sure you’ve installed drain grates or covers that meet safety standards. And don’t even use your pool if it has a loose, broken, or missing drain cover. The problem is, a child’s hair, limbs, jewelry, or bathing suit can get stuck in the drain.
4. Install barriers to your pool. The fence should be at least 4 feet high to prevent kids from climbing over. You can also install a door alarm from the pool door to the house so you know when people are entering the pool.
5. If you own a pool, you should probably get CPR training. You would most likely be the first person there to aid a drowning child. Classes are available throughout the Mohawk Valley. See the above facilities plus classes at our local Red Cross.
We haven’t been thinking about pools so much this year with all the rain. But since the odds are that it’ll be better during the second half of our summer, hopefully you’ll be enjoying a dip in the back yard!
Have fun. Be Safe.
Until next time,
Your SZW Team
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