You CAN Prevent Child Drownings! Here’s How:

The pool looks innocent enough, but it can be deadly.

Do you have a pool and/or children? Many Orange County residents would love a pool, especially on a day like today when the sun is shining and the kids are out of school. Next week is Pool Safety Week, and we take safety very seriously at Milestone Building Group.

Here’s why: Between 2007 and 2009, an annual average of 390 children under age 15 died from pool or spa-related drownings. 75 percent of child drowning fatalities are children under five years old. African American and Hispanic children between the ages of 5-14 drown at higher rates than Caucasian children. Why? The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission conducted the survey and found that 70 percent of African American children and 62 percent of Hispanic children cannot swim.

Approximately 58 percent of these drownings occurred in an in-ground pool, which is what most people have here in Orange County. Shocking statistics, right? Fortunately, drownings are very easy to avoid, especially if you follow these simple tips from PoolSafely.gov:

  • Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water. Little children drown quickly and silently. This includes pools, spas, bathtubs, baby pools, toilets – even buckets of water.
  • Teach children basic water safety tips
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments
  • Have a telephone close by when you or your family are using a pool or spa
  • If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors
  • Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim
  • Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly
  • Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency
  • Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
  • Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
  • If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing pools or spas.
  • Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water
  • Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers, and ask your pool service provider if you do not know
  • Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order
  • Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm

If you don’t have a pool, you’re not off the hook. Knowing life-saving techniques can help when using a neighbor or relative’s pool, a local public pool, or when you’re at the beach.

Are you looking for more safety tips for your Orange County home? Please check out our blogs about kitchen safety, barbeque safety, how to prevent water damage and reducing fire hazards. If these don’t work and you’re left with fire or water damage, please keep our number handy so you can call us immediately after emergency services. We want to help you get your life back as soon as possible!

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