Child Safety Pool
We like to think of combining all these specific topics and different pieces of information regarding swimming pool safety to create a ‘Child Safety Pool’ reference you can have for your backyard and to help you provide the best possible environment for children to laugh, play, swim and have the best possible swimming pool safety ideas in place.
When creating a safe pool environment or as we like to refer to it here at New Child Safety a ‘Child Safety Pool’ various elements need consideration and will afford parents and caregivers peace of mind. These apply to child hot tub safety measures, too, so use them where applicable. The main idea of these particular elements is to develop multiple layers of protection for your child and others who use your pool against chances of injuries and accidents that can ultimately lead to drowning.
New Child Safety is always committed to primary prevention, prevention that is designed to prevent an injury or illness from happening even before it occurs – this is truly the best outcome.
We have previously discussed some of these items in greater detail throughout the content and the swimming pool safety home page provides a nice quick overview but we felt that this particular area, the risk of injury and accidental drownings was so important to child health and well-being so we’ve done an additional page here with some general overall ideas for safety concerning your swimming pool or hot tub.
All entrances to the pool must have high locks~If the swimming pool is in your backyard, the kitchen door or whichever other room you pass through to the back yard should have locks and latches that are beyond a child’s reach. It will require children entering your pool area must ask for an adult to allow them access giving you more control over who enters your backyard from inside the house.
Personal Flotation Device (PFD) and Life Jackets versus Swimming Aids or Pool Toys~It is imperative that you understand the difference among the many terms listed above. A life jacket will hold a person in the water in an upright position and in most instances will allow the wearer to roll from a face-down position in the water to a face-up position. This can be very important in the case where someone may slip on the pool deck and subsequently fall into the water either face down or in an unconscious state. The safety features of a life jacket are highly dependent on proper fit and the safety rating given to each particular type.
A personal flotation device or a PFD is less restrictive for the wearer; however, may not roll a person over when their head is out of the water. A PFD is often used in water sports or hobbies that require a great deal of movement. These too are very dependent upon their safety ratings.
Too often swimming aids such as water wings or float boards found in many pools are considered a safety device, this is simply a very poor decision. They certainly provide a great deal of fun to any pool time play but need to be treated and thought of as toys. A great danger lies in mistaking the various types of toys used to float around in the pool with safety approved life jackets. Finally, if aids and toys are viewed as safety devices a parent or caregiver may not supervise in the same fashion – please always ensure children in your pool are properly prepared with a life jacket that has a high safety rating and is fitted by a professional, who will ensure it is exactly right for them – this is by far the best way to create that environment of a child safety pool.
Even if you don’t own a pool, fit your child for an approved life jacket if they are swimming anywhere this summer
All swimming fun toys are removed from the pool after use.~It is dangerous to leave the colorful playthings floating in the pool or on the pool deck area because it will be an open invitation for the child to go reach for them. Always clean up after the child’s play or swimming session in the water to keep them safe and remove any temptation from around the pool.
Back-up swimming pool systems are installed~Use backup alarm protection systems. These suggestions are called backup systems because they supplement all other measures for swimming safety. They are not meant as a replacement or substitute for all other safety measures such as fences, covers, and locks. There are various types and methods of the alarm options including intrusion alarms that the child wears on their wrist or ankle. Also there are floating pool alarms that will go off in the yard if the child stumbles and falls in the water, so that you can come to the rescue. There are special considerations with such devices and we recommend you view the swimming pool alarm information page.
The pool and hot tub have a child safety deck~As another precaution, every swimming pool and many hot tubs should have a protective barrier such as a deck, which restricts access to the water area.
Rescue tools are always within reach~The following items need to be accessible from the poolside area: ability to call for emergency help when the pool is in use. It use to be that people had a telephone installed in the pool area. Now we all have mobile phones. It is imperative that a fully charged, working cell phone with good reception be outside on the pool deck if the pool is in use.
The supervising adult needs a shepherd’s hook and a life preserver for help any swimmers out of the water. Make sure you practice using your rescue tools when you first get them home and pick a date each pool season to refresh your skills. For example, if you have a family celebration when you open your pool each year or you can pick a special date if your pool is open all year that you can incorporate practicing with all your rescue tools. Do not forget to include all family members and make sure every one knows how to call 9-1-1 or 9-9-9 if you live in the UK. Again, it is best if you never had to use such tools because your child will have been protected by the other safety measures that you have installed, but always keep these rescue tools around just in case and use as part of your overall swimming pool safety.
Assuming that nothing could possibly go wrong is the first mistake and can lead to an otherwise preventable injury or accident.
Parents and caregivers are aware that drowning is possible~The owner of the swimming pool or hot tub should acknowledge the fact that their attention to the swimmers/bathers will wane and distractions do happen no matter how well intended we are. Accidents can and do occur in a split second. Such an attitude towards swimming safety will lead parents and caregivers to set up as many protective barriers for their children as possible, review the rules regularly and role model such rules for children and guests at all times.