Pool safety for children – Top Tips for Woodland Hills Families
Pool safety for children is on everyone’s mind as the weather gets warmer and the days go longer. We all love swim season, especially kids. But, swimming pools are a danger to families, especially those with infants and toddlers around. We make safe swimming for children a priority, and we’re sure you do, too.
Pool safety for children is the top priority
How safe is your swimming pool for young swimmers? We safeguard our homes with alarm systems and secure locks on windows and doors. Our cupboards and low surfaces are child-proofed. And we make sure our cars have working seatbelts, airbags and child restraint seats. Have you taken the same care with your backyard splash zone?
Don’t be a drowning death statistic
Do you know the statistics of pool drowning deaths with young children? The CDC reports that an average of 5 people who die from drowning are children 14 years and younger. 67% of swimming pool drowning deaths involved children younger than 3 years of age. And, for every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. Swimming pool drowning deaths is the number one cause of unintended death for children the ages of 1 and 4.
No one wants their family as part of those statistics, nor the young children in their lives. Don’t worry though, there are things we can all do to prevent swimming injuries and fatalities for our children. Most are simple and low-cost, while others are a bit more expensive. But, there is no price to put on child safety.
Top Tips for pool safety for children in Woodland Hills
- Barrier Gates – mesh fences, removable rubber or textile panels for homes where young kids (like grandchildren) visit but don’t live at are just some of the options to keep young children away from the water between supervised fun.
- Pool Rules – follow suit with public pools and apartment/condo swimming areas and post rules for backyard swimming and by the pool enjoyment. Be sure to enforce those rules, too.
- Arm’s length from small children. Toddlers and infants should never be further than your reach when in the water. At all times.
- No swimming alone under 14 years of age. It is tempting to let kids play in the pool while you are inside doing other things, but it does not take long for an accident to happen. What if someone couldn’t get outside to help in time?
- No running. A little water on the perimeter is all it takes for slipping and injury. Beyond your posted house pool rules, enforce this rule even when the pool isn’t in use.
- Keep away from drains and filters. Both can entrap smaller people with the suction they create. Be sure to keep children away to avoid any kind of accidental entrapment or drowning.
- Frequent pool service – to check the safety and chemical levels in and around the water will make sure that everything is healthy, clean, and safe.
We hope these tips for Woodland Hills pool safety for children help you ready your pool for the upcoming swim season. Start it off the right way and create safer backyard fun for your children, grandchildren, and other small friends in your Woodland Hills neighborhood. If you have further questions or would like to schedule servicing and a safety check for your pool call Pool Services today and set-up an appointment. We’re here to help.