June is almost here and that means it’s time to brush off your barbecue grills, stock up on popsicles, and get a new swimsuit because summer is practically here! After a winter with too much snow and a spring with too much rain, we are more than ready for summer. And if your neighborhood is anything like ours, then the arrival of summer means one thing:
In the excitement of summer, it’s tempting to just throw on a suit and jump on in, but wait…. for most of us, it’s been about a year since we dipped our toes in the water. Now that may not seem like a long period of time, but for young children, it could mean life or death.
Pool Safely, a national public education campaign that works to reduce child drowning, states that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1-4. However, these deaths can easily be prevented by taking action and learning how to keep your child safe when enjoying the water. So before you and your family cannonball in make sure you review these 8 simple Water Safety Tips:
“Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1-4.”
1. Maintain constant supervision whenever children are in or near water- Never leave kids unattended, avoid all distractions, and if a child is missing check the pool first.
2. Teach your child how to swim or give them a life jacket- Floaties or other inflatables are not life jackets and should never be substituted for adult supervision.
3. Teach children to stay away from drains, pipes, and other openings to avoid entrapment- Make sure all drains and pipes are covered before letting your child get into the water.
4. Never let your child swim alone- Always keep an adult present, do not trust your child’s life to another child.
5. Teach your kids the “Rules of the Pool”- Set ground rules for being in the pool, like only getting in at certain times and no pushing or diving.
6. Keep your pool clean and clear with the proper chemicals- You will be able to clearly see what is happening in your pool, and minimize the risks of earaches, rashes, and diseases.
7. Create barriers for your pool that will reduce the risk of a slip or fall- Isolate your pool from your home with a fence or locked gate and keep toys away from the pool.
8. Educate yourself on what real drowning looks like and how to spot it- Real drowning can be quiet and easy to miss.
9. Learn CPR and know when to call 9-1-1- Have a plan in place with your children on what to do during a water emergency.
Summer is a time of relaxation and you enjoy it. But remember, it only takes one second for your child to go under the water. Take action by educating yourself and your children to make sure everyone is prepared with the right skills and equipment before hitting the pool, to ensure a fun and safe summer break! Click here to learn more about Pool Safely’s tools and educational materials for water safety.
And don’t forget! There are insurance implications for those with pools. Accidents happen so frequently, having one is considered an “attractive nuisance,” increasing liability risk. Because of the increased danger, the Insurance Information Institute says pool owners may want to increase their liability coverage to at least $300,000 or $500,000.
Don’t let it break your bank, if you have a pool make sure you have sufficient liability coverage from your homeowner’s insurance. Call a California Casualty advisor today for a policy review, 1.800.800.9410 or visit www.calcas.com.
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