Officials Urge Parents to be Safe with Children Around Pools
This weekend marks the start of pool season across the country. For children it will mean care-free fun in the sun. For parents, it’s a time to stay alert and keep their kids safe --- And we have the tips that safety experts want every parent to know this Summer. About 380 children younger than 15 drown in pools or spas each year. Officials say keeping that figure from climbing is mostly up to parents. The U-S Consumer Product Safety Commission, or C-P-S-C, says new data shows drowning lead the way as a cause of unintentional deaths for children under five-years-old. A majority of them happened in residential in-ground pools. C-P-S-C estimates 5,400 children had to be treated after nearly drowning in pools or spas between 2012 and 2014. The cases were for children 15 and under and that figure is higher than previous years. Officials say there are simple steps parents can take to help keep their children safe: Never leave a child unattended in a pool – Teach them to swim at an early age and parents, if you don’t know – learn to swim as well – Learn how to perform C-P-R to prepare for the worst case scenario – Keep children clear of pool drains, pipes, and other opening to avoid entrapments – Don’t rely on a lifeguard. Designate your own water watcher to supervise children at play in the pool. That person should not be reading, texting, or otherwise distracted.