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The leading cause of death and injury in children ages 1 to 4 is accidental drowning.  Florida leads the nation in child drowning deaths, nearly twice the national average as there are bodies of water everywhere!
Prevention is the key to safety.  68% of drowning incidents occur when one or both parents are present.

 

Together, we can turn the tide on this avoidable statistic by acting now to ensure safety in our homes.

The CDC recommends a minimum of 2 separate barriers for child drowning prevention, such as out of reach locks on all doors leading to pool area, a pool fence at least 48” high with self-closing gate and an alarm and/or fall sensor.   Even though a child may be learning to swim, has some ability or wears flotation, a pool barrier is critical in protecting against accidental falls. Pool isolation fences are the best line of defense against tragic accidents.  Barriers with self-closing gates allow your pool to be used while placing a barrier for little ones, at risk people and non-swimmers.  By isolating the pool from deck space, barriers guard against accidents while still allowing recreation.

 

Angelfish is a proud distributor and installer for Life Saver Pool Fence, and look forward to becoming part of your pool safety plan.  Please contact us directly at 813-340-6800 or email Q@angelfishswimschool.com for a free evaluation and estimate on Pool Safety Fence and other safety accessories.

Many water incidents happen when pool areas are active with social or family gatherings.   Identifying an adult to be a Designated Watcher is important so that there are eyes on the pool at all times.  Taking shifts being a “Watcher” is a way to involve fresh eyes on the pool when children are present.  Make sure each designated watcher knows their shift, how to swim and is able to respond appropriately.  Additionally, you may want to consider hiring an Angelfish Red Cross Certified Lifeguard.

 

Talking points to children are equally important.  Before entering a pool area, discuss several safety points;

  1. Never approach water without an adult

  2. Never remove flotation device without adult supervision

  3. Buddy system – Clearly define NO SWIMMING ALONE

  4. Rough play or running is never allowed

  5. How to help another during an accident – Get an adult immediately!

Here are some other safety tips that help keep pools safer:

Minimizing rafts and other large floating objects gives a clearer view of pool, especially through the water.  Pool noodles are a good alternative as they are narrow and don’t block view.  The Designated “watcher” should be placed either standing or in an elevated chair, only a few feet from poolside and have a phone handy.  When swim time is over, always check the barrier fence and lock it, even if only away for a few minutes.  Eating and drinking while in the pool is not a good idea as this can be distracting and dangerous, especially the consumption of alcohol.  Make sure the adults who will be watchers have not been drinking alcohol and understand their important role.

Special needs children, especially those in the autism spectrum are drawn to water, placing them at higher risk.  Specially designed pool barriers are key in preventing accidents with vulnerable people of all ages.  Learning CPR is critical for everyone, especially parents, family members and guardians of children.  You can learn CPR from many locations nearby:

Being proactive now avoids tragedy in the future.  All studies show that having a plan, proper barriers and other protections, ability to provide life saving skills and common sense rules SIGNIFICANTLY reduces the risk of accidental drowning or near-drowning.

We are passionate about water safety and our goal is to inform, educate and assist in any home pool safety plan you are creating!