Pool Safety Tips Provided for Memorial Day Safety
Drowning is a leading cause of home injury deaths – especially for children. Many children drown in pools and spas. It can happen very fast and you won’t hear it, says Eureka Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Randy Gabel.
Eureka Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Randy Gabel said all firefighters and team members want everyone to have a safe and fun summer, beginning with the major kickoff of the pool season on Memorial Day weekend.
To prevent a tragedy, Gabel shared the following tips from the Home Safety Council:
- Pool or spa owners should install a fence that goes all the way around it. The fence should close and latch by itself. It should be least 5 feet high.
- Always keep gates closed and latched. Never prop a gate open.
- When children are in or near the water, a grownup should watch them very carefully. Do not take your eyes off them.
- If you have a pool party, have grownups take turns watching the children at all times.
- Enroll non-swimmers in swimming lessons taught by a qualified instructor.
- Never swim alone. Even adults should swim with a buddy.
- Learn how you would save someone in trouble. Learn First Aid and CPR. Make sure that anyone who cares for your children learns CPR.
- Keep poolside rescue equipment and a cordless, water resistant telephone close to the pool area.
- Post emergency numbers and CPR instructions near the pool area.
- Tie up long hair before swimming.
- Pool drains should have a cover. For added protection, consider purchasing a safety guard to install over the drain.
- Never leave toys in or around the pool when you are not there.
- Teach children the “rules of the pool.” Remind them often.
- Keep spas and hot tubs covered and locked when not in use.
- Completely remove pool and spa covers before anyone gets in.
- Stay out of the pool during severe weather and thunderstorms, especially if lightning is forecast or present.
- If a child is missing, check the pool area first.
- The pump in a pool or spa creates powerful suction at the drain which can trap a swimmer under water. Teach children to stay away from drains, grates and filters.