Pool Safety 101: Keeping You & Your Family Safe & Sound  

by Pool Builders on 08-11-2007 in Articles

We've all heard them: there is certainly no shortage of pool-related horror stories. Unfortunately, drowning is the #1 cause of death for children under the age of five in Florida, Arizona, and California and the #2 cause in over a dozen other states.

In addition to giving you information on pool building and pool design, we are committed to sharing information on staying safe in and around the pool, for you, your family and your guests.

Pool Safety for Kids & Families
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all families with children under the age of five install a 4-foot-tall (or more) pool fence or guard (many states, such as Florida, already have pool fence / pool barrier laws in place) around all sides of the pool (or that they hold off on pool building until the children are over age five). Watch a video on pool safety tips.

Other key pool safety tips include these:
· Never, even for a split second, leave young children unattended in or around a pool. Keep a phone by the pool for emergency calls and also for answering (many drownings have occurred while the person supervising ran into the house to pick up a ringing phone.)
· The pool fence should completely separate the pool from the house and play area. It should also self-close and self-latch, with latches higher than the children's reach.
· Do not let your child use or rely on air-filled toys and "swimming aids" such as "floaties."
· Anyone watching young children around a pool should learn CPR and be able to rescue a child if needed.
· Toys should always be removed from the pool after use so that young children are not tempted to reach for them.
· Children should be trained in water survival from the time they are able to walk or crawl to the pool. That said, do not consider a child "drown-proof" just because he or she can swim or has had swimming lessons.
· If a child is missing, the pool should always be checked first, as each second counts when it comes to preventing drowning.
· Don't leave the pool fence open or proper open at any time, even for a second or two.

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