by Patch Staff
With summer in full swing now, many of us will be spending a lot of time outside in parks, or out at the beach, backyard barbecues and of course, laps in a pool.
Sadly, almost 400 kids drown in pools and spas each year, while more than 5,000 others are treated for pool-related injuries, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports.
More than 70 percent of all pool injuries happen in backyard pools — in-ground, above-ground and portable ones.
Amica Insurance, the American Red Cross and the CPSC offer these safety tips:
- Make sure pools are fenced with self-closing gates and that pool areas and ladders are secure.
- Even wading pools pose a drowning risk for toddlers and young children. Be sure to make sure to empty them when not in use
- Don’t let anyone swim unsupervised in a pool.
- Fence pools with a four-foot or taller fence with self-closing and self-latching gates. Keep pool gates are closed and locked, especially when not in use.
- Install pool and gate alarms.
- Keep life jackets and flotation devices on hand.
- Assign a “water watcher” to keep an eye on anyone swimming in the pool.
- Keep emergency equipment, such as life preservers, a first aid kit and a mobile phone, nearby.
- When the pool is not in use, remove all pool toys.