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Water Safety In May

Probity Pools, a Longwood, Florida pool service company, celebrates water safety month!

The CDC reports that from 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually, and about one in five people who died from drowning are children ages 14 and younger. Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children ages 1-4 than any other cause except congenital anomalies (birth defects).1 Among those children ages 1-14, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes. Water safety, and pool safety are very important to Probity Pools and we want to make sure Florida residents who own a swimming pool or go swimming, know the risk factors for drowning and how to prevent drowning from occurring.

Our team here at Probity Pools takes top pool maintenance, pool service and water safety very seriously and we want to do our part to help prevent death and injury from pool-related drowning incidents by sharing important water safety tips to Florida residents.

Risk factors for drowning are:

Lack of swimming ability
Lack of barriers (pool fencing)
Lack of close supervision
Alcohol use
Inadequate safety devices that are easily accessible (i.e. life preserver, U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket)

There are several things that people can do to reduce the risk of drowning and prevent drowning accidents.

Formal swimming lessons can help protect young kids from drowning. However, even with swimming lessons, barriers and supervision are still important.

If consumers have an inground swimming pool or spa at home, make sure to install four-sided fencing. The fence should be four feet high (at least) with a self-latching gate. According to the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, a four-sided isolation fence (separating the pool area from the house and yard) reduces a child’s risk of drowning by 83% compared to three-sided property-line fencing.

Designate a responsible adult to watch all children playing in or around water. When supervising preschool children, the adult should provide “touch supervision” and be close enough to reach the child/ren at all times. It is also important that swimmers have a swim buddy and never swim alone. As alcohol use impairs judgement and motor skills, it is very important that adults do not mix alcohol and swimming, whether supervising children or swimming themselves. Often times a child’s birthday party can put children at risk. Parents typically are socializing and not watching their children in and around the pool deck. Designate a life guard, the party host may have to hire a life guard (college or high school student who can swim would suffice) to supervise the pool area.

Another drowning prevention tip is to learn CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). In the time it takes paramedics to arrive, CPR skills can help save a life.

A mistake some inground pool owners or users make, is that they let their child/ren use “water wings,” “noodles,” or inner-tubes instead of a typical life jacket. These items are considered toys and are not designed to keep young children safe. Instead, swimmers should use a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket.

One last consideration when talking about pool safety is talking about dirty pools. It is important for homeowners that have salt water swimming pools or inground pools to make sure they are getting the best pool maintenance or pool cleaning service available in the metro Orlando, Florida area. If a pool is dirty, then it can be a risk factor if someone is unable to see young children that are swimming due from algae being in the water.

A mistake some inground pool owners or users make, is that they let their child/ren use “water wings,” “noodles,” or inner-tubes instead of a typical life jacket. These items are considered toys and are not designed to keep young children safe. Instead, swimmers should use a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket.

One last consideration when talking about pool safety is talking about dirty pools. It is important for homeowners that have salt water swimming pools or inground pools to make sure they are getting the best pool maintenance or pool cleaning service available in the metro Orlando, Florida area. If a pool is dirty, then it can be a risk factor if someone is unable to see young children that are swimming due from algae being in the water.

Our pool maintenance team at Probity Pools hopes Central Floridians enjoy their backyard oasis this summer while keeping safety in mind!