Drowning Prevention: ABC’s of Pool Safety

Courtesy City of Eastvale

It’s hot Eastvale and it’s only going to get hotter this summer season! This calls for more summer time fun at the beaches and in the pools. But are you prepared for accidents that may occur? In 2016 there were 2 fatal child drownings, 7 fatal adult drownings, and 24 non-fatal near drownings. Be aware of the basic ABC’s of Pool Safety to prevent drowning accidents from happening. Drowning-Prevention-Facebook

A – Adult Supervision: Assign a “Water Watcher”

Designate an adult (who can swim) to watch over children that are in and around pool and/or spa areas
NEVER leave children in and/or around a pool unattended
Flotation devices are not to be relied on
B – Barriers

Install and maintain proper fencing around the pool to isolate your swimming area
Use different types of protections for your pool such as safety covers, gate alarms, and door alarms
Make sure all gates are self-closing and self-latching
C – Classes (“CPR”)

Learn CPR, first aid, and rescue techniques
Take qualified instruction classes on how to swim
Keep rescue equipment such as a shepherd’s hook, life-saving ring, and CPR instructions mounted by the pool
Know and understand the proper behavior in and around the water
For immediate emergencies, dial 9-1-1.

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