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Be safe around the pool this summer

Posted: June 24, 2010 10:01 p.m.
Updated: June 25, 2010 4:55 a.m.

As the summer begins, there are barbecues, parties, holidays, and all kinds of get-togethers.

Sometimes so many that we may forget about keeping a sharp eye over our most valuable assets, our children.

Drowning accidents, which increase in the summertime, can happen in the blink of an eye, so parents and guardians need to be extra vigilant when spending time  around the family or community pool.

It’s also beneficial to have a member of the family receive CPR training, which is available through the American Red Cross and other organizations.

Keep the following water safety tips in mind the next time you’re getting ready for some fun at the pool.

Share this information with family and friends, too.

* Never leave a child unattended in the water or pool area for any reason.

* Always keep your eyes on the child or children.

* If your child is missing, always check the pool first.

* Do not leave objects in the pool that could attract your child. Remove all toys or anything a child might want to get from the pool vicinity.

* Keep life saving equipment in the pool area and know how to use it.

* Have a phone handy to the pool area.
Do not talk on the phone while your children are in the pool.
Dial 911 should a problem occur.

* Designate a child watcher, when you attend a party or have friends of family over.

* Talk with childcare providers about pool safety, supervision and drowning prevention.

* Attend a CPR class. Make sure your childcare provider knows CPR.

* Lock all exterior windows, doors and sliding doors at all times, including pet doors.

* Install self-closing mechanism on doors.

* Fencing around the pool should be at least 5 ft. high.

* Flotation devices and swimming lessons are not substitute for supervision.

* A gate should never be left propped open.
All gate locks and latches should be checked regularly to insure they are working properly.

* All items that could be used to climb a pool barrier should be moved away.

In an emergency:
* Shout for help. Pull the child from the water and call 911 immediately.

* After checking the child’s airway and breathing, begin performing CPR if necessary.

* Do CPR only when the victim is unconscious, has no pulse and is not breathing.


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