(WTNH)- With all this warm weather, backyard pools are opening up. The department of consumer protection wants to remind everyone about the importance of pool safety.
“Keeping an eye on the kids at the beach or backyard pool is no picnic for parents – nor should it be,” Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein said today. “Across the United States each day, ten people die from drowning, including two kids aged 14 or younger. Each day, ten youngsters who survive drowning are brought to hospital emergency departments for treatment of submersion injuries that can lead to severe brain damage and long-term disabilities.”
The majority of child drowning victims under age four drown in home swimming pools, while the percentage of drownings in natural water settings, including lakes, rivers and oceans, increases with age.
Other factors include failure to wear life jackets when boating, alcohol use among teens and adults, and seizure disorders.
The following information and reminders may help keep backyard water play safer:
-Supervision: Designate a responsible adult to watch young children at all times in and around water. When supervising toddlers and preschoolers at play, an adult should be within arm’s reach of the children at all times.
-Secure, surround and lock the backyard pool area. Pool owners should adopt several layers of protection, including a fence at least four feet high that completely surrounds the pool with self-closing, self-latching gates that open outward. Latches are best placed at adult shoulder height, out of children’s reach.
-Clear the pool, deck, and surrounding area. Remove floats, balls and other toys from the pool and surrounding area immediately after use so children are not tempted to re-enter the pool area unsupervised.
-Electricity and water do not mix! Electrical accidents occur because of improper or faulty grounding wires of the pool. All new pools must be wired, and grounded by a master electrician. Your town’s electrical inspector must inspect this work before it’s finished.
-Learn CPR. In the time it takes for paramedics to arrive, your CPR skills could save someone’s life.