While our main job is to keep your pool sparkling clean and in working condition, we also think it is important to put a focus on pool safety. In Florida, drowning is the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4.
Tip 1: Install a fence
If you have a pool on your property, you should add a fence that is five-foot or taller around your pool that has a latch out of reach of small children. This will make it difficult for kids to get into a pool without adult supervision and help prevent a tragic accident.
Tip 2: Enroll kids in swim lessons
Children who are around pools frequently should know basic pool safety and how to swim. There are many swim classes in the SWFL area that teach children as young as infants. Along with learning how to swim, kids will also learn how to float on their backs to conserve energy, hold onto the edge of a pool, and how to get themselves to an exit.
Tip 3: Do not rely on floaties
It is easy to think that flotation devices will prevent a child from drowning. However, that is not the case. Not only can kids still drown while wearing floatation devices, kids can also become dependent on floaties and it can hinder them from learning to swim. Floatation devices can still be helpful and give parents peace of mind, just remember they do not replace adult supervision and should not be used all the time.
Tip 4: Know cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
While this is a skill we hope you will never have to use, knowing how to perform CPR in case of an emergency could be the difference between life and death. When CPR is preformed correctly and within the first few minutes, it can double or even triple the chances of survival. To find a class near you visit the Red Cross or the American Heart Association.