Nearly 72% of near-drowning's occur around the home, for every child that dies of drowning 5 are left with permanent brain damage. POOL GUARD will assist you in protecting your children but there is still a responsibility, don't take any chances with the safety of your family during swimming and realize that there is no substitute for adult supervision! Water awareness and swimming lessons are important but it's not sufficient to protect your child from drowning.
Never swim aloneMany people think about this when it comes to community or hotel pools, but what about when your child swims at a friend's house? Even strong swimmers can get overwhelmed especially when distracted by playing with a friend. Making sure an adult is monitoring the pool at all times, with pool parties Iissue the adult supervisor an item such as a whistle or bracelet to reinforce which adult is in charge of the safety of the children. Practice "touch supervision" with children younger than 5 years old. This means that the adult is within an arm's length of the child at all times.
Don't step awayI am busy, you are busy we all have that ONE thing that needs to be done right now! But slipping away to change the laundry or answer a phone call could be a snap decision with disastrous consequences. If something really needs your attention, call a swim break. Do not trust a child's life to another child or even an unreliable, distracted adult. A child can drown in the time it takes to answer a cell phone call or respond to a text message
Be on your guard!If a child is missing, check the water first- every second counts! Keep rescue equipment such as a rescue tube, shepherd's hook, life jackets within a reach at poolside, not inside the house. Teach your kids how to swim with their clothes & shoes on, this will get them familiar with the panic if they are in a similar situation. Teach them to call for an adult if another child falls into the pool first before trying to assist otherwise it could result into 2 victims.
Have a first-aid kit on handMake sure everyone in the home knows how to respond to water emergencies by having an emergency plan in place with your children. Being prepared for minor injuries can help avoid major ones. Bumps and bruises are a part of childhood. When they are easily treated with bandages, antibiotic ointment and cleaning pads that you have on-hand, the fun can quickly continue.
Set boundariesIf you are in charge, don't be afraid to take charge! When you are responsible for someone else's children during swimming times do a "pool tour" show them the shallow end, deep end, pool steps, hazard points and where the easiest way is to the edge.
Keep order around the poolChildren playing or running on slippery surfaces is dangerous for everyone. Someone could fall or accidentally push a smaller child in the water. Avoid diving into the shallow end, a head injury could lead to a possible drowning.
Small doesn't equal safeChildren must ask permission before going near water. Any container holding water such as Spa, baby pools, ponds, buckets, toilets, washing machines and water features can be just as dangerous as large pools. Children need to be monitored at all times no matter the size of the space they are splashing in. Air-filled or foam toys, such as water wings, noodles or inner tubes, are designed for fun and not water safety.
Kids should avoid drains and suction pipesRemove your pool cleaner during swimming times. Pool plumbing can be a hazard and a child could be entrapped by a drain or suction pipe. A helpful checklist to determine whether your pool is safe is essential.
Wear sunscreenEven if kids are outside for just a few minutes, they are prone to sunburn. Protect your skin. Limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and wear a carefully chosen sunscreen.
Stay HydratedNobody wants the fun to end, but if you notice kids getting tired, it is time to take a water break! Providing plenty of drinking water is sometimes overlooked with all that water in the pool, but dehydration is a real possibility even when swimming. Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you're not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine.
HygieneKeep your pool clean and clear by maintaining proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration. This will allow you to see the bottom and also what is happening in the pool and minimize risks of earaches, rashes or diseases.
Watch out for lightningLightning sometimes beats rain. Even if it isn't raining yet, lightning in the distance should be a reason to run for cover away from water. An approaching storm is a sign to get out of the pool.
After SwimmingEmpty and deflate splash pools when you are not using it. Remove all toys from the pool after use the pool so children aren't tempted to reach for them. Install the POOL GUARD safety net or cover correctly so they can't get back into it. Empty and deflate splash pools when you are not using it.
Quick Points when rescuing a victim:• Do not leave an active drowning victim while you go to get help, it takes less than 1 minute for someone to drown
• Do not rescue a victim if you cannot swim yourself
• Do not rescue a victim if you feel the victim is too large for you to bring to safety.
• If the victim is close to the edge of the water, you can pull them to safety by using a towel, shirt, fun noodle etc.
• You can also pull them to safety by lying face down on the ground and reaching your hand or by sitting on the ground and extending your leg out
• Remember that a person who is drowning will not look like the dramatic "drowning" you see in TV and movies. Instinct actually drives them to push themselves upward by moving their arms lateral and downward
• When u need to enter the water to rescue a victim remember people react to water in weird ways but everyone should at least try to stay calm
• Do not panic for this will make it worse and more easy to go under the water
• Take a deep breath to increase buoyancy, if there is no air in your lungs you are more prone to sinking.
• Keep in mind that a person's body is lighter than the water.
• Approach the victim from behind. An active drowning victim's only concern is getting air. In fear, the victim may grab onto you and pull you under, resulting in two victims.
• If the victim starts to drown you, swim downwards because they will not follow
• Place your arms under the victim's shoulder. Bend your arms back so you are pointing at yourself and hold tight. If you are using a flotation device, keep it between you and the victim, across your chest.
• As you pull the victim to safety, calm the victim down by saying "You're going to be okay."
• Once you have reached safety, monitor the victim, although a person may look okay, water left in the lungs can kill a person in just a few hours