May is Water Safety Awareness Month, and
while drowning is 100% preventable, nearly 300 children under the age of
five drown in pools and spas every year. According to Eric Lupton,
President of Life Saver Pool Fence, the number one way
to prevent drownings is through proactive parent supervision, but
most drownings occur when a child was thought to be in the house but
slipped outside without anyone knowing.
of accidental drownings, the child had been seen 5-minutes or less
before being missed. Here are 10 tips for keeping their kiddos safe.
1. Install high locks
Put locks on doors and windows
that are high and out of reach. Some drownings happen because a
parent didn’t know their toddler figured out the door knob. Don’t forget
sliding glass doors as well.
2. Get door and window alarms
Families should install simple
contact alarms for doors and windows that lead to the pool. The ring-type alarm
sounds every time a door opens, alerting an adult.
3. No doggy doors
Pet doors should be permanently
sealed off. Toddlers are known to mimic their pets and may follow them right
out the doggy door and into the pool area, putting both child and pet at risk.
4. Pool safety fence
One of the most reassuring
steps is installing a pool fence. Fences should be at least 4′ tall and have a self-closing,
self-latching gate. Mesh pool safety fences, like Life Saver Pool Fence, flaunt an effective layer of protection with a transparent and
aesthetically pleasing look.
5. Pool alarms
Surface pool alarms will
trigger a sound inside the home when the water’s surface is broken. However, a
small child could quietly walk down the pool steps and slip under water without
setting off the alarm, so they cannot be used alone.
6. Child immersion alarms
When you first move into a
home, consider using a wearable immersion alarm, like the Safety Turtle, which triggers an alarm inside the house if the sensor gets wet.
This is especially important when you are unfamiliar with the area.
7. Assign water watchers
When children are in the pool,
assign one person as a designated Water Watcher. Active supervision means
sitting close to the pool with your full attention on the child/children. Do a
regular headcount never leave young kids unattended.
8. Clear out pool area after swimming
Always remove pool floats after
swimming, especially toys that attract children to the water. Also, make sure
to move any tables or chairs away from the pool fence so they cannot be used to
9. Swimming lessons
All children should receive
swimming lessons. Some organizations even offer training for infants to roll
over and float, and to swim to the edge of the pool in case they fall in.
Every adult should be trained
in CPR. Check out community centers for classes. This training can make the
difference between life, permanent disability, and death.