Have You Ever Known the Sheer Panic of Having Your Child Slip Away From You at the Pool?

by Pool Builders on 04-27-2009 in Articles

Even the best of parents knows the raging heart beat and sheer panic when your small child slips away from you. One minute they are playing quietly nearby and the next second they have vanished. You don't know how long they have been gone or where they are. They were just there a second ago. This is a parent's nightmare. This horror is compounded if there is a residential pool nearby.

For children ages five and under, close to 350 drown in residential swimming pools each year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Overall, approximately 810 children have died each year from 2001 to 2005 due to accidental drownings, and on average, an estimated 3,600 children go to the emergency room after near-drowning incidents a year.

According to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta more than one in four fatal drowning victims are children 14 and younger. Among children ages 1 to 4 years, most drownings occur in residential swimming pools. Most young children who drowned in pools were last seen in the home, had been out of sight less than five minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at the time.

Helping to solve pool safety problems:

A-When the pool is not in use:

1-- Install an electronic pool alarm which will automatically sound an alarm at the pool and in the house when a child or pet falls into your unsupervised pool. The alarm should have a loud alarm in the pool area and also set off a alarm signal in the residence.

2- Erect a fence at least four feet high with self latching gates around all sides of the pool and away from children's play areas. Make sure the latches are high enough to be out of reach of children.

3-Remove items which appeal to small children from the pool area when the pool is not supervised.

B-When the pool is in use:

1- Easy to say but sometimes hard to do is simply to have at least one responsible adult constantly watching the children. Don't participate in any other activity which takes your eyes away from the children.

Children are wonderfully curious and fascinated by their new world. It is our job as adults to raise them from infants to adulthood and keep them safe from harm. Never let your children out of your sight when there is an inviting pool nearby.

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