Reduce Your Child’s Risk of Drowning with These Water Safety Tips

Reduce Your Child's Risk of Drowning with These Water Safety Tips | Kathleen McMordie Infant Aquatics Survival Katy Texas

As an Infant Aquatics Survival Specialist, water safety is a topic I like to focus on all year long, not just during swim season. At Texas Swim Academy, we not only teach students how to swim, but we focus on educating parents and children about the importance of water safety in and around water. Unfortunately, accidental drownings happen too often, and 1 in 5 of these deaths happen to children under the age of 14. To avoid these tragedies, parents and guardians must be proactive and take preventative measures. By enrolling your child in an Infant Aquatics program, he or she has ability to save his or her own life. In addition, ensuring that all home pools and spas have the recommended pool safety equipment such as a pool fence or pool alarm creates extra layers of prevention. In the event that your child is missing, a pool or spa is often the first place to look, since many children are naturally drawn to the water.

Pool Safely is a great place to find resources on pool safety, drowning prevention, and steps you can take to ensure a safe environment for your child. Every step counts! Tune into the video below to learn more pool safety tips.

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Home Swimming Pool Safety Guidelines

Every pool owner, especially if you have young children, should pay close attention to pool safety. Infant Aquatics Survival lessons are a very important step in protecting your child against drowning, however accidents at home can still happen and basic pool safety guidelines are a way of minimizing danger. Here’s what you need to know about safety in home swimming pools:

Home Swimming Pool Safety Guidelines | Kathleen McMordie Infant Aquatics Katy Texas

Pool safety equipment. Home swimming pools should be equipped with the basics for pool safety, including a pool cover and safety drain covers. Choose a pool drain that is compliant with the PS&S Act for the safest option. In addition, pool fencing with an alarm or a water movement alarm are great equipment to warn you that a drowning accident could be underway, especially at times when you are not using the pool. If you are having a pool built, zero-depth entry design is safer for young children and provides a shallow play area.

Regular pool maintenance. Keep your pool clean and in good working order. Check pumps, drains and covers regularly, along with pool chemicals.

Pool safety skills. A supervising adult should know both life-saving basics and CPR for children and adults. Children should be schooled in the fundamentals of pool and water safety, including no running in the pool area, no diving into shallow water, stay away from drains and covers, and swim with a buddy.

Always, always supervise children while swimming. Regardless of their ability in the water, swimming children should always be actively supervised by an adult. NEVER let kids swim alone. Pool Safely has a great safety and and drowning prevention guide for parents and guardians to review before swim seasons starts again.

Additional pool safety equipment. Pool Safely recommends that parents create a pool safety toolkit to keep near a pool or spa. This would include a first aid kit, a pair of scissors to cut hair, clothing, or pool cover if needed, a charged portable cell phone, and a flotation device.

34412_112749668785080_1377721_nA swimming pool that is maintained safely is a pool that is ready for maximum fun and enjoyment. More importantly, home swimming pool safety guidelines significantly reduce the risk of a drowning accident. Keep your pool and your kids safe and enjoy your time in the water! Feel free to visit the Pool Safely website for more swimming safety information.