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Drowning Prevention 101

South Florida is loaded with swimming pools both in yards and in common areas of condo and apartment communities.  It’s important to keep a watchful eye on children at all times in order keep kids safe when it comes to swimming pools and hot tubs. There’s plenty of things you can do to prevent accidents from happening. If you’re a homeowner with a pool, it’s also your responsibility to ensure everyone’s safety including intruders. In this week’s blog, we point out some important things to keep in mind for drowning prevention.

Florida consistently ranks in the top 5 states for drownings and near-drowning cases in children under the age of 5. With that information in mind, it’s vital to be sure to keep our kids safe.

Pool Fence

Make sure that gates and pool enclosures are working properly. If you have alarms installed on your pool gate, then be sure to test it each year. Make the month of April your month to do this type of maintenance, and you’ll be assured throughout the rest of the year.

Pool Covers

When the pool is not in use, consider investing in an automatic pool cover that’s enclosed and sealed to prevent little swimmers from falling in unexpectedly. With many of the manufactured designs on the market today, you can walk on top of these covers without falling in and creating a disaster. We highly recommend them, and you can find them by doing an online search. Be sure to install them correctly, and you’re ready to go without having paramedics showing up.

Rescue Training/CPR

After you’ve taken the necessary precautions for securing the pool, be sure everyone who is responsible can administer CPR. Contact your local government offices and hospitals to find out when the classes are available. We highly advise anyone with a pool on their property has at least one person who is certified with CPR training. Taking these necessary precautions is imperative.

Swim Lessons

Swim lessons can help prevent drowning but are not guaranteed.  Learning how to swim opens up a new kind of fun. Swimming, diving, pool games and exercise are all great ways to have fun in the water. However, accidents can and do occur which is why it is always essential to have adult supervision .

By taking all these measures, you’ll be able to enjoy your swimming season more without stressing over the possibilities of disaster.

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Drowning Prevention: Home Safety Tips

A backyard pool is one of the first things that people think of in connection with drowning prevention, but it’s far from the only danger. There’s a multitude of water-related hazards around the home that aren’t even on the radar of most people. The majority of threats affect children, but the elderly and disabled are also at increased risk. Even skilled swimmers can drown.

As little as .067 ounces of water per pound of body weight entering the lungs can result in death. It occurs when the liquid enters the voice box, causing it to spasm and close. It’s a situation that can occur several hours after an individual is originally affected. The following are some essential tips to minimize the potential for drowning.

Never Leave Children Unattended

Youngsters should always be within arm’s reach of an adult anytime they’re near water. Drowning is the primary preventable cause of death for children ages 1-4 from pools, ponds, lakes, and even small streams.

Know how to Swim

Teaching children to swim is one of the best ways to prevent drowning. That doesn’t mean that adults should relax their vigilance.

Eliminate Distractions

Everyone should put away their phones when they’re around water. It only takes a moment’s distraction for disaster to strike. The tip applies to adults watching children and for the safety of adults themselves. Alcohol is also a distraction that should be avoided.

Water Containers

All tubs, buckets and kiddie pools should be emptied as soon as they’re no longer being used. Children less than a year old can drown at home from water left in a bucket.

Install Fences

Every pool and hot tub should be encircled by a fence at least four feet in height to prevent an accident, along with a gate that locks automatically. It’s also helpful to install an alarm that will alert individuals should the gate be opened.

Toilets

Children can and do drown in toilets. They’re fascinated by the water and if they lean far enough, they can tip over into the toilet with no ability to right themselves. Toilet seat locks are available and it’s a good idea to keep bathroom doors closed.

Know CPR

CPR is a skill that everyone should know, along with how to respond to various types of emergencies. Always keep a fully stocked first aid kit on hand at home, along with a shepherd’s crook or life ring with a rope if there’s a pool. It’s always better to be “over-prepared” than risk a life.

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