Good news! Summer is coming (but so is winter, apparently!) With all of the wonderful things that summer brings, there are also some very important tips to remember in order to ensure a safe and fun swimming pool experience for you and your loved ones.
The Scary Facts
- From 2005-2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings each year in the United States — about ten deaths per day.
- About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency care for nonfatal submersion injuries.
Factors & Fixes
- Lack of Swimming Ability: Many adults and children report that they can’t swim. By taking formal swimming lessons, you can greatly reduce the risk of drowning among children ages 1 to 4 years old. Adults should also learn CPR so they are able to help out in an emergency.
- Lack of Barriers or Close Supervision: Sometimes on those scorching hot days, it’s hard to keep people out of the pool. If you’re not able to keep a close eye on those swimmers, you need to prevent access to the pool area. Installing a gate or security cover will help patrol the area when you’re not around to do so yourself. By having a fence that surrounds your entire pool, you can reduce a child’s risk of drowning by up to 83%.
LOOP-LOC offers a variety of high-quality products that can help make your backyard and home safer for kids and pets. Only LOOP-LOC comes with the patented SAFEDGE® and GAPGUARD® Child Safety Intrusion Barrier. It closes any dangerous gaps around the cover’s edge, so there’s no way any kids or pets could slip through. They’re also unbelievably strong! I mean, hello! An elephant can walk on the cover!
A pool alarm is also not a bad idea to install, just to be on the safe side. It will let you know if somehow, someway, somebody got passed your barrier. There are also pool alarms that go inside the pool that will alert you if the surface of the water moves. You can never be too careful when it comes to your pool safety.
- Establish Pool Rules: An important thing to remember is this is your pool, so you have to be in charge. You are the lifeguard and the sheriff. Everyone using the pool needs to know and respect your rules for everyone’s safety. Don’t allow running around the pool, which can easily cause slips to occur. Nobody swims alone or without a lifeguard…ever. Prohibit horseplay, especially throwing or pushing people into the pool. Safe behaviors, such as “no diving” and “swim with a buddy” are also good practices to enforce around your pool.
- Alcohol Use: Among adolescents and adults, alcohol use is involved in up to 70% of drowning deaths. The effects of alcohol are heightened by sun exposure and heat, so for everyone’s well-being…please don’t drink and dive.