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Learn Your ABCs; Its Easy As 123 to Prevent Pool Related Accidents and Death

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With the warm weather of summer almost at our doorsteps, it is important to remind yourself of proper water safety especially if you are an avid pool-goer. As a nation, we could use some water education as 44% of the American population doesn’t know basic water-safety skills with only 56% being able to perform the five core swimming skills. This is a scary statistic, as there are 10.4 million residential and 309,000 public swimming pools in the United States. Water is all around us, and drowning and pool accidents are entirely preventable. Learning your ABCs when it comes to water safety will help eliminate any hazards that come with swimming.

A- Adult Supervision
This serves as a reminder to all pool owners to have a responsible adult present when anyone is swimming in their pool. The majority of the accidents children face when swimming happens because they were unsupervised, so it is incredibly important to have an adult who knows how to react in the face of a crisis when a swimmer is in distress. Just having others in your pool is not enough to prevent accidents.

B- Barriers
This is the action of putting up physical barriers between the pool and the yard. Barriers such as pool fencing or pool gates prevent young children from gaining access to the pool area without caregiver’s awareness. Pool fencing is available in all shapes and sizes, but it is recommended that you install a four-sided isolation fence separating the pool area from the house and yard. This will reduce a child’s risk of drowning 83% compared to three-sided pool fencing.

The fencing should be at least four feet high, and have Self-closing and self-latching gates that open outward, out of the reach of children. If you are unable to install a safety guard fence, investing in a pool net is a great option. These nets will catch your child in case they fall into the pool, and come with small openings that will prevent your child’s head from going underwater.

C- Classes
Taking classes is a great proactive approach to learning how to be the safest you can be while swimming. Swimming lessons and CPR/first aid classes are two of the most important classes you can take, especially if you are an adult supervisor.

Pool safety starts with you. Practice your ABCs and you will be on the way to having the safest summer yet!

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