Steps for Safety Around the Pool
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Posted by: Rhette Baughman
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Did you know that year
nearly 300 children younger than five drown in swimming pools every year? Your
greatest assurance for water safety is adopting and practicing as many safety
measures as possible for your pool and the area around it. Even one can make a
difference—and save a life.
Practice supervision. Never take your eyes off children in the
water—even for a minute. Always designate a "pool watcher.”
Install barriers. In most states, swimming pools qualify as an
"attractive nuisance,” which refers to a safety hazard that children find
appealing while lacking the experience to know the dangers it may pose. Owners
of swimming pools are therefore expected to take reasonable steps to restrict
pool access to children or otherwise be held liable for their injuries. The
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) strongly recommends that all
residential pools have a four-foot barrier, such as a fence with self-closing
and self-latching gates. If your house is the fourth side of a barrier, secure
doors with alarms that prevent children from wandering into the pool area.
Avoid entrapments. Do not play or swim near drains or suction
outlets. Suction from a pool’s drain can be so powerful it can trap an adult
underwater. A pool with a broken, loose or missing drain cover should be closed
immediately until it can be repaired by a licensed professional. Report drain
entrapments by calling the CPSC hotline at 800-638-2772.
Practice diving safety. Post "No Diving” signs clearly on all
above-ground pools, which are not designed for diving. Never dive off the side
of an in-ground pool, especially at the shallow end. Dive only off of a diving
board that has been installed by a professional.
Learn and practice life-saving skills. Teach your children how to swim. Learn CPR so
you can help save a life in case of a water emergency. Practice your skills
regularly and rehearse emergency drills to keep water safety top of mind.
For more information
about pool safety, visit www.PoolSafely.gov.
By: Melanie Foley, Executive Vice President, Liberty Mutual Insurance
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