Officials Urge Safe Swimming This Summer

In 2010, 88 people in Tennessee died from drowning; 25 of those were children. For every child who drowns, hundreds are rushed to emergency rooms in near-death scenarios. To help prevent serious injuries this summer, many agencies and officials are joining together to increase awareness of pool safety. If you own a pool, here are a few tips to keep your children safe this summer.

Before swimming:

  • Teach your children basic swimming maneuvers, or enroll them in swimming lessons
  • Install a four-walled, four-foot-high fence around the pool’s perimeter
  • Install VGB-Compliant guards to prevent hair and limbs from getting stuck in vents and filters
  • Consider installing additional security measures that send alerts when someone is in the pool
  • Make sure supervising adults or teens know CPR.

While swimming:

  • Make sure kids are not using foam and air-filled toys like pool noodles as flotation devices
  • Avoid alcohol when monitoring children
  • Enforce life jacket policies for children who need them
  • Keep a phone within arm’s reach at all times
  • Tell kids to slow down if they are running along the pool’s perimeter. Falling on hard concrete can cause a head injury.

These are just a few things to keep in mind during a day at the pool. Have fun, but always keep an extra eye on the pool when kids are swimming.

“When you pass through waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you…” – Isaiah 43:2

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