Five Layers of Protectetion When it Comes to Kids and Pools

As temperatures heat up, parents across the country are taking safety precautions to keep their kids safe around water!

77 percent of children who’ve drowned were seen 5 minutes or less before being missed and subsequently discovered in the pool. We would like to share Five key layers of protection that are crucial to when is comes to kids and pools.

1. Parent supervision

Nothing beats parent supervision. Proactive parent supervision is your most important tool in drowning prevention. When using the pool, active supervision means sitting close to the pool with your full attention on the child/children — no reading, no texting, just watching the pool. At parties/events, we recommend designating a person as a Water Watcher (we offer lanyards and whistles to give to the person to denote them), and change shifts every 15 minutes. Most drownings occur, though, when the child was thought to be in the house, nowhere near the pool area. In 67% of fatal drowning cases, a parent was responsible for supervising the child. So, supervision can and does fail, and that’s why you need additional layers of protection.

2. High locks on all doors and windows

Locks out of the reach of children should be installed, and used, on every door and window that leads to the pool area. Lots of drownings happen because a parent didn’t know that the child had figured out the door knob, so don’t rely on the door being shut. Also, close up and doggy/pet doors that access the pool. Lots of children who drown got to the pool via a doggy door.

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3. Pool Safety Fence

Pool fencing is the only layer of protection that physically isolates the backyard from the pool. Fences should be at least 4′ tall and have a self-closing, self-latching gate. Mesh pool safety fence, like Life Saver Pool Fence, has proven to be an effective layer of protection for over 45 years. It’s very transparent, aesthetically pleasing, and easy to remove when entertaining only adults.

4. Alarms

Drowning is silent. Alarms break that silence. There are door/window alarms, alarms that sit in the pool, and our favorite, the Safety Turtle which is worn on the child. If the child falls into the pool, an alarm inside that house goes off.

5. Swimming Lessons

All children should receive swimming lessons as early as their parents and pediatricians feel comfortable. Swimming lessons can begin earlier than one might think, some organizations training even infants to roll over and float, and to swim to the edge of the pool in the event that they fall in.

5.5 CPR

Life Saver Pool Fence

Todays post was provided by Life Saver Pool Fence company. In 1987, Life Saver coined the phrase “layers of protection” to describe the most effective way to prevent drownings. Almost 30 years later, everyone (including the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to the National Drowning Prevention Alliance) recommends layers of protection.

Life Saver Pool Fence

The safety of your family leaves no room for compromise. You wouldn’t buy a car without seat belts. And you shouldn’t own a pool without a fence. From critically reinforced Solid Poles to the use of the strongest mesh available, you can now get a superior pool fence and an equally-strong lifetime warranty.

About Colby

As the father of 5 and head of the household, I am often looking for the next best thing when it comes to my family. I enjoy trying new products and am excited about delving further into the tech world my wife and teens know so much about. You can also find me on Twitter: @dodomesticdad

Comments

  1. I think that an alarm on top of a fence is a great idea. SO many times the fence is just a barrier for show but easily broken. great post! Thanks!

  2. Petra Jadan says:

    Great article. As a mother of 3 pre teens now, thank God, I was always worry if we had enough protection for them. I have heard some fatal cases and is pretty scary.

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