By Dr. Amit Jain, NOAH Pediatrician
“Swimming is a great way to beat the summer heat here in Arizona and is a fun activity for children to pass the summer by. Did you know, drowning is the third most common cause of unintentional – injury related deaths? The highest at risk are children ages 1-4 years old,” says Dr. Amit Jain, NOAH Pediatrician.
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- Never leave children alone, even for a moment, in or near pool areas or other bodies of water (lakes, beaches, and even bathtubs or buckets of water!)
- Install a fence at least 4 feet tall around the pool, which should ideally surround the pool on all 4 sides and completely separated the pool from your home and yard. It should not have any gaps that a small child could slip over, under, or through. The gate should be a self-closing and self-latching gate that cannot be opened / reached by a small child.
- Newer technology offers alarms, both for the gate and within the pool, that can alert you to anyone around the pool.
- When any unexperienced swimmer is around the pool area, make sure there is a designated adult for supervision. This adult should not be under the influence, should not have any distractions (cell phone turned off or handed off to another adult), and preferably knows how to swim and perform CPR.
- Keep rescue equipment such as a shepherd’s hook and a life preserver to reach/throw for rescues.
- Avoid inflatable swim aids such as floaties, as they are not a substitution for proper life-preserving equipment such as life jackets.
- Consider swim lessons for your child if over the age of 1, as it may reduce the risk of drowning. Talk to your child’s pediatrician about your child’s developmental readiness to take swim lessons.
- Talk to your pool operator to make sure your pool / spa and its drains are compliant with the pool and spa safety act.
- Be safe and have a fun-filled summer!
American Academy of Pediatrics: https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Swim-Safety-Tips.aspx
Healthy Children: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/Swimming-Pool-Safety.aspx