Pools and beaches are the some of the best parts of summer fun, but they can also be dangerous if the right precautions aren’t taken. Summer safety is a top priority, and here is ConsumerBell’s Water edition!

The pool is one of the best things about summer. Splashing around with friends, or just cooling off the in the chilled water is a great summer pastime. But the pool can also be a dangerous place without the right precautions. To stay safe all summer long:

  • Never leave children alone in or near the pool or spa, even for a moment.
  • Install a fence at least 4 feet high around all four sides of the pool with no openings for a child to get through.
  • If the house serves as the fourth side of a fence surrounding a pool, install an alarm on the exit door to the yard and the pool.
  • Make sure pool gates open out from the pool, and self-close and self-latch at a height children can’t reach.
  • Keep rescue equipment, like a shepherd’s hook and life preserver,  and a portable telephone near the pool.
  • Choose a shepherd’s hook and other rescue equipment made of fiberglass or other materials that do not conduct electricity.
  • Avoid inflatable swimming aids such as “floaties.” They are not a substitute for approved life vests and can give children and parents a false sense of security.
  • Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arm’s length, providing “touch supervision.”
  • Avoid entrapment: Suction from pool and spa drains can trap a swimmer underwater.  Ask your pool operator if your pool’s drains are compliant with the Pool and Spa Safety Act. See PoolSafely.gov for more information.
  • LEARN CPR. According to the American Heart Association, “about 80 percent of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in private residential settings,” so knowing how to perform CPR can mean the difference between life and death., especially in resuscitating a drowning victim. You can find a class at your local American Heart Association chapter or the American Red Cross.

The beach can also be a fun place if safety is a top priority. For the safest open water adventures:

  • Never swim alone. Even good swimmers need buddies!
  • A lifeguard needs to be watching children whenever they are in or near the water. Younger children should be closely supervised while in or near the water – again use “touch supervision,” keeping no more than an arm’s length away.
  • Make sure your child knows never to dive into water except when permitted by an adult who knows the depth of the water and who has checked for underwater objects.
  • Never let your child swim in canals or any fast moving water.

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