0178 – Swimming Pool Safety

As we approach the Memorial Day weekend, it is time to start thinking about summer time.  This weekend is a traditional opening for summer activities like boating, beach going and taking a dip in the pool.  Of course we want to make sure that we maintain our awareness to protect ourselves and our family from dangers, but we can probably find some more productive ways to ensure safety other than figuring out a way to conceal your M4 in the pool.

I took a bit of time as I usually do to cruise around the web and did a bit of research as I preped for the show.  I wasn’t surprised at what I found.  Accidental drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 1-14.

CDC Fact Sheet

Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security just because your child knows how to swim.  Certainly non swimmers are at risk, but lets face it, no matter how good of a swimmer you become, you will never grow gills.  Even the most capable swimmers can drown due to:

  • injury or illness
  • exhaustion
  • faulty or dangerous toys or equipment

What can we do about it:

  • Enclose the pool.
  • Make sure it is in proper working order.
  • Have emergency equipment and training
  • Have a plan
  • Provide proper supervision
  • Teach children to swim and what to do in an emergency

 

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