Swimming is a summertime favorite. It can also pose some threats to families and children. Nurse Rose Melendez, RN a longtime Emergency Department nurse and mother of three, shares her tips for pool safety.
What do parents need to keep in mind when they head to the pool?
Nurse Rose: Families, friends and children are slathering on the sunscreen and heading out for a day of fun in the sun at the pool. Unfortunately, a day at the pool can turn into a parent’s worst nightmare if you don’t take the proper safety precautions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that from 2005-2014, there were nearly 3,500 fatal unintentional drownings – that’s nearly 10 drowning deaths a day over the same time period.
What can parents do to keep their children safe before they even get to the pool?
Nurse Rose: Before you head to the pool, take these precautions.
- Take CPR. Sign up for a CPR class.
- Talk about water safety. Discuss what the rules are for water with your children before every trip to the pool. That includes no running, jumping or pushing in or around water, and always staying with mom or dad in the pool.
- Sign up for swim lessons. Children (and adults) should know how to get themselves to the edge of the pool, pull themselves out of the water and roll over to float on their backs.
What should parents or caregivers do at the pool to keep kids safe?
Nurse Rose: While you’re at the pool, always remember to have a water watcher. Most drowning happens in pools filled with adults. Make sure every adult knows who is watching each child, ensuring everyone stays safe during water playtime in and around the pool.