Water Safety - Tips to Save a Life
Learn how to keep children safe around swimming pools – it could save someone you know and love!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day about 10 people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.
Swimming is the most popular summer activity. The best thing you can do to help your family stay safe is to learn to swim. This includes children and adults.
Free 'Save a Life' Event
The "Save a Life" event is held on a Saturday in mid-July from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Mayfair Pool. It is designed to emphasize safety around water for children and parents. All ages are encouraged to attend.
Parents may pre-register for a free swim lesson by signing up online or showing up the day of the event (if space permits). Classes are scheduled for 9:30, 10:00 and 10:30 a.m. Swim diapers must be worn by all children four years and younger. Approved swimsuits are required.
Pick up your free "water watcher" tag and whistle at the Save a Life event. The "water watcher" tag is a great tool to remind a designated adult (Water Watcher) of their responsibility to watch kids in or near the pool. A child can drown in a matter of seconds without making a sound. The Water Watcher wears the tag and is only relieved of duty by another adult Water Watcher.
Check your pool environment -- is it safe?
• Take steps to minimize unauthorized use of the pool. Install fencing with self-closing and self-latching gates and alarms around pools. Lock all doors and windows leading to the pool.
• Have life-saving equipment such as ring buoys or reaching poles available for use, and know how to use them.
• Never leave furniture near the fence that would enable a child to climb over the fence.
• Keep toys away from the pool when it's not in use. Toys can attract young children to the water.
• Remove pool covers before swimming.
Always supervise young or weak swimmers
• Learn to swim!
• Children need to learn what to do in a water emergency.
• Never leave a child unsupervised around water. Assign an adult "Water Watcher" to maintain constant supervision. Watch children around any water environment including a pool, stream, lake, tub, toilet or even a bucket of water.
• All weak or non-swimmers should wear a United States Coast Guard approved life-jacket. The use of flotation devices and inflatable toys cannot replace parental supervision. Such devices can suddenly shift position, lose air, or slip out from underneath, leaving the child in a dangerous situation.
Be ready to act
• Have a phone next to the pool so you can call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
• Understand the basics of life saving so you can assist in a pool emergency.
• If you find someone in trouble in the water, yell for help and get them out immediately. Call 9-1-1 and stay on the line. Follow the instructions of the 9-1-1 operator until help arrives, and begin CPR if you are trained. Non-swimmers should reach or throw, but don't jump in to pull the person out of the water. Reach with your arm/leg, a broom/mop handle, a reaching pole, a wet towel or throw a lifejacket, ring buoy, ball or anything that floats.
• Learn CPR and insist that babysitters, grandparents and others who care for your child know CPR.
• If a child is missing, check the pool first. Go to the edge of the pool and scan the entire pool bottom and surface, as well as the surrounding pool area.