Drowning is one of the major causes of accidents resulting in serious injury and death in children. Parents should not be fooled into thinking that their child is safe just because he/she knows how to swim. In a lot of these cases accidents happened even though the child knew how to swim. Accidents in the swimming pool can happen very suddenly and without warning. It is very important that all parents follow these basic safety precautions - especially if there is a swimming pool at home.
- Never allow children to swim without any adult supervision. It is quite common to develop a cramp underwater, or for accidents like hitting your head while diving, for example to occur. It is paramount that there should be an adult around to help in such situations.
- Do not allow children with no knowledge of swimming in or around the pool. For good pool safety make sure that all children above the age of 4 attend a certified swimming class, or at least learn basic flotation techniques. Adults should learn life saving techniques in case of accidents. Children younger than 4 should always be accompanied by an adult while in the pool.
- Enclose your pool with high fences, which can be locked. Do not leave the pool open and accessible since children can fall into the water. Keep your pool safe, and keep your children away from the poolside.
- Avoid leaving your children alone even with small portable pools or water bodies like buckets, fountains, and barrels. There is always a danger of drowning occurring, even in small bodies of water.
- In the case of a swimming pool cover, make sure that the cover of the pool is completely lifted over the pool. Also make sure that your child does not walk over the pool cover.
- Spas and Hot Tubs must also be avoided, especially in the case of younger children who are susceptible to overheating.
- For good pool safety, you can make sure that there is always a life saving floatation device handy near the pool. Also, every parent should be conversant in basic CPR techniques in case of any accident.
- The last, but not the least, to ensure swimming pool safety, - BE OBSERVANT. Watch what your children are up to, and supervise their activities. DO NOT leave them alone.