Summer is the time when families can relax and head off to the pool. But before you and your children go swimming, make sure that you understand how to be safe in the water. All pools, everything from small backyard inflatable pools to commercial water parks, are dangerous. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, as reported by Beasley Allen, there are about 300 pool and spa-related deaths per year for children under 5 years old. The CPSC has come up with some tips to prevent drowning:
Look in the Pool First: Precious time is often wasted looking for missing children anywhere but in the pool. Since every second count, always look for a missing child in the pool or spa first.
Be prepared for an emergency by having rescue equipment and a phone near the pool. Also, parents should learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Drowning is Silent: Parents may think that if their child falls in the water, they will hear lots of splashing and screaming and that they will be able to come to the rescue. Many times, however, children slip under the water silently.
Even people in the pool have reported hearing nothing out of the ordinary during drowning incidents.