Important safety measures that prevent drowning   

by Pool Builders on 01-22-2012 in Articles

On January 18th, a Florida man drowned in his backyard swimming pool. James Bonaiuto, 66, was found by his wife that Wednesday afternoon, and the incident is believed to be an accident. Although the details surrounding how and why the man drowned is unclear, it goes to show that people of all ages are at risk for drowning, and sadly, the news is constantly updated with reports of adults and especially children drowning. So, what can a pool owner do to prevent this tragedy from happening?

Even adults should swim with a buddy. Although adults may feel perfectly safe swimming on their own, the issue is not entirely swimming ability. Many adult drowning victims experience a medical problem that prevents them from being able to keep their heads above water. This can include a heart attack, respiratory problems, or other issue in which the victim could make a recovery from. However, if this injury occurs in the water, they may find themselves physically debilitated. Adding to the physical danger is the fact that if the victim is in the water, they may find themselves unable to call for help from somewhere nearby and calling from a cell phone is obviously not an option. No matter what your age, swimming alone is a dangerous idea.

Children should always be <em>thoroughly</em> supervised. Some parents think that they can duck in the house for a few minutes or loose themselves in a book, but they should be careful taking these kinds of risks. It only takes a second for a child to slip and fall or grow weak while swimming. As far as being present but distracted, the sounds of children playing in the water aren't much different from children struggling to keep afloat. Parents should not only be fully attentive but know CPR and first aid. Knowing these life-saving procedures could make all the difference.

Have up to standard equipment. Old or malfunctioning pool cleaners, filters, or other swimming pool supplies could be dangerous to swimmers. Make sure your chemicals aren't expired as well. Drains also present a safety hazard€"many children have drowned from the powerful suction of drains. It is not only a good idea to have a sufficient drain covers, but pool owners are legally required to.

Put safety measures in place. There are plenty of products available to make your pool safer. Pool gates and safety covers can keep pets or children from falling into the pool or sneaking in unsupervised, and pool alarms can alert you if they somehow still make it in. There is no price on safety, so taking every precaution you can is important.

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