MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ - Now that summer is coming into full swing with gorgeous weekend weather, we can all use a good reminder of critical safety information. TAPinto Holmdel and Colts Neck connected with local Holmdel State Farm Agent Lauren Leo.
“Whether you’re splashing around in a public pool or enjoying the privacy of your own pool, swimming comes with risks, especially for small children,” says Holmdel State Farm Agent Lauren Leo. “Most young children who suffered unintentional injury or death in pools were last seen in the home or had been out of sight less than five minutes. Follow these important tips to help ensure the safety of your family.” These tips are based on data from State Farm Insurance.
· Ten people die from accidental drowning each day in the United States.
· Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children ages 1-14 years, and the fifth leading cause for people of all ages.
· Each year, 300 children under age five drown in swimming pools.
Swimming Safety Tips
· Swim with a buddy. It’s a best practice for swimmers of all ages, including adults.
· Watch children carefully. Smaller bodies can be more susceptible to pool suction. In fact, a report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found that 72% of drain entrapments happened to kids 14 years and younger. Teach children pool drain safety and monitor them closely while they’re in the water. The Pool & Spa Safety Act specifies the type of drain covers that reduce the potential for entrapment. Limbs, hair, or clothing can become entangled if a drain is faulty. If you suspect they may not be functioning properly, ask your pool service providers to inspect them.
· If a child is missing, always check the pool first. If a child has fallen into the pool, every second counts in preventing an accidental drowning.
· Keep a phone nearby so someone can call 911 in an emergency.
· Secure pools with appropriate barriers. It is best to install a four-foot or taller fence around backyard pools and use self-closing and self-latching gates that open away from the pool.
· Remove toys from the pool when it is not in use. They can attract young children into the pool. It’s best to keep them stores out of sight.
· Consider safety alarms. If your house opens directly in to the pool area, you may want to install a door alarm or self-closing door. Using a surface wave or underwater alarm will also give you added protection from accidental falls into the pool.
· Keep a safety kit handy. A first aid kit that includes a pair of scissors to cut hair, clothing, or a pool cover should be kept within reach in case of an emergency. Lifesaving equipment, such as life rings and reaching poles, are also recommended.
· Empty portable pools when not in use. Children can drown in as little as one inch of water. Make sure all portable, inflatable and baby pools are drained and put away immediately after use.
· Follow posted safety rules. These usually include no running, pushing or dunking.
· Speak to your agent about the type of insurance coverage you will need in case there is a pool injury at your home.