Swimming Pool Safety for your Children

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Pool Safety Fort Worth TXAn average of 390 children between the ages of 0-14 drown in swimming pools almost every year. Another 5,200 are hospitalized and treated for injuries in emergency rooms.
 
It is crucial for your child’s safety to understand if there is a lifeguard on duty in public pools. Even if there is, you should frequently check on your child to make sure that they are safe and secure near the pool. It doesn’t matter how strong a swimmer your child is, a light bump on the bottom of the pool or wall of the pool can render them unconscious and immediately bring breathing to a halt.
 
Never Swim Alone
 
There are many water safety skills available to teach your children. For example, your children should never swim alone. The buddy system states that even if there are lifeguards on duty, someone of the same age or older should always accompany them. Even with this in practice, it is recommended that you should never let your child leave your sight around pools.
 
CPR knowledge
 
Water safety doesn’t just rely on the swimmers to be aware. Parents should learn to perform CPR and become certified if immediate attention needs to be rendered. Parents should also know the locations of the nearest life rings, reach poles, and also review the rules of the pool before allowing any of their children to swim. There should always be a charged phone nearby in the case of an emergency that needs medical attention. Car keys should be in an easily accessible place so no time is wasted should you have to rush your child to the hospital.
 
Call for Help
 
Assign somebody to call for help. At the first sign of distress from the drowning victim, somebody should be immediately assigned to use a phone to call 911. The caller should tell the operator the name of the location of the medical emergency along with the address, the phone number of the caller, the nature of the emergency, and then details about the medical emergency which will include a description of the victim, the injuries the victim has sustained, and the symptoms of the person having the medical emergency.
 
Assign somebody to flag down help. Help may be closer than you think. If there is a police officer, medical vehicle, or fire crew nearby, they will be able to help just as much as an ambulance. If somebody has called 911 and help is flagged down, the officer/doctor/fireman will communicate with city officials and let them know that help has already arrived.
 
In the case that traffic or other reasons prevent the ambulance from quickly arriving to the scene of the emergency, somebody should immediately tend to the victim and try to resuscitate them or sustain breathing until an ambulance arrives.
 
Armed with this information, you should be prepared for any emergency that may occur at your pool or anybody else’s pool. While medical emergencies are rare when proper precautions are taken, they do still happen and it is important that you know what to do. Don’t let the idea of an emergency deter you from having a pool, just know the risks and what to do in the case of an emergency for a great outdoor pool experience this summer.
 
If you are interested in having an in-ground pool installed with all the safety features necessary or want to make changes to your existing pool, contact Pool-Quest today for a free consultation.

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