Pool Service Las Vegas, Pool Cleaning,
We recently had a very tragic almost fatal accident in our home that could have easily taken the life of our 2 year old boy. Although it did not involve our swimming pool, it reminded us just how quickly something innocent can go wrong when you turn your attention to something else, even for a brief moment. By the way, Sam is doing great!
As a result, we at Clean Living Pool and Spa want to provide some information regarding Pool Safety. We have also attached a video that we took last year of our then 3 year old daughter. She knew how to swim, very well actually. However she had always swam in her swimsuit, with mom and dad in the pool. We wanted to see what would happen if she was in her clothes and fell in. We were going to gently surprise her by “assisting” her into the pool, but she actually tripped on the way in (as she points out in the video). Lily's Swim Test can be found at the bottom of this
No matter what age our children are, or their skill set we have them pass a swim test at the beginning of each season, we also require this of their friends the first time they come to our home.
Drowning can happen at any time of year, but be especially cautious during the summer months, when drowning incidents can increase up to 89 percent as compared with the rest of the year.
1. When there are several adults present and children are swimming, use the Water Watcher card strategy, which designates an adult as the Water Watcher for a certain amount of time (such as 15-minute periods) to prevent lapses in supervision.
2. Whether you’re swimming in a backyard pool or in a lake, teach children to swim with a partner, every time. From the start, teach children to never go near or in water without an adult present.
3. We know you have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind – and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better. Local hospitals, fire departments and recreation departments offer CPR training.
4. Educate your children about the dangers of drain entanglement and entrapment and teach them to never play or swim near drains or suction outlets.
5. Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arm’s reach to provide active supervision. We know it’s hard to get everything done without a little multitasking, but this is the time to avoid distractions of any kind. If children are near water, then they should be the only thing on your mind. Small children can drown in as little as one inch of water.
6. You can start introducing your babies to water when they are about 6 months old. Remember to always use waterproof diapers and change them frequently.
7. Every child is different, so enroll children in swimming lessons when you feel they are ready. Teach children how to tread water, float and stay by the shore.
8. Make sure kids swim only in areas designated for swimming. Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool. They need to be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather.
9. Remember that swimming aids such as water wings or noodles are fun toys for kids, but they should never be used in place of a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD).
10. A swimming pool is a ton of fun for you and your kids. Make sure backyard pools have four-sided fencing that’s at least 4 feet high and a self-closing, self-latching gate to prevent a child from wandering into the pool area unsupervised.
Check the Drains in Your Pool and Spa
1. Educate your children about the dangers of drain entanglement and entrapment and teach them to never play or swim near drains or suction outlets.
2. Pools that pose the greatest risk of entrapment are children’s public wading pools, in-ground hot tubs, or any other pools that have flat drain grates or a single main drain system.
3. For new pools or hot tubs, install multiple drains in all pools, spas, whirlpools and hot tubs. This minimizes the suction of any one drain, reducing risk of death or injury. If you do have drains, protective measures include anti-entrapment drain covers and a safety vacuum release system to automatically release suction and shut down the pump should entrapment occur.
4. Regularly check to make sure drain covers are secure and have no cracks, and replace flat drain covers with dome-shaped ones. If a pool or hot tub has a broken, loose or missing drain cover, don’t use it.
5. If you do have drains, protective measures include anti-entrapment drain covers and a safety vacuum release system to automatically release suction and shut down the pump should entrapment occur. Go to www.PoolSafety.gov for a list of manufacturers of certified covers.
6. Check to make sure your pool or hot tub’s drains are compliant with the Pool and Spa Safety Act.