Summer Pool Safety: Before Your Next Dip Consider These Safety Tips

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AlertID Provides Pool and Water Safety Tips to Keep Kids Safe

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Because a child can drown in as little as an inch of water, it’s important that parents review these important tips to protect their children while at the pool.

Summer is finally here and one of the best ways to cool off and have fun is to spend time in the pool. Before jumping in, please keep in mind that drowning is the third leading cause of death among children. Because a child can drown in as little as an inch of water, it’s important that parents review these important tips to protect their children while at the pool.

AlertID, the neighborhood safety network, is offering the ABCD’s of water safety to help protect your children near water.

Adult Supervision

  •     From the first time kids learn to swim, teach them to never go near or in the water without an adult present.
  •     Enroll the child in swimming lessons as soon as they are ready.
  •     Give children undivided attention near pools.
  •     When there is more than one adult present and children are swimming, designate one adult as the swim watcher for 15 minutes (and then switch) so someone is always keeping an eye on them.
  •     Teach older kids to swim with a buddy so they can help each other if they get into trouble.

Barriers

  •     Perimeter fences, self-closing and self-latching gates, as well as pool and motion sensor alarms can act as an added layer of protection in case a child wanders into the pool area unsupervised.

Classes in swimming and CPR

  •     CPR saves lives and can prevent brain damage by maintaining a person’s breathing and heartbeat until medical assistance arrives. Learn CPR and have older children learn this valuable skill.

Devices

  •     Don’t rely only on swim aids (floaties and inflatable toys) to protect a child unless they’re in a Coast Guard approved life jacket.
  •     Have lifesaving devices and life jackets available at the pool for children or anyone who doesn’t know how to swim.

About AlertID
AlertID, the neighborhood safety network, is free to use and helps protect families and neighborhoods. AlertID's mission is to help people live safely by providing a secure way to receive trusted public safety alerts and share information with family members and neighbors. AlertID uses technology to help citizens and federal, state and local authorities share information about crime, sex offenders, natural disasters, missing children and severe weather that can threaten public safety. AlertID is accessible to members online as well as by email and mobile app. For more information visit http://www.AlertID.com.

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