National Water Safety Month
With May being National Water Safety Month, now is a good time to check
up on your backyard safety.
According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of injury death
among Florida children between the ages of 1 and 4. Here at Cox Pools, we take
that statistic seriously and want to guide you in ways you can prevent this
tragedy from striking your family.
Contrary to common belief, drowning is a silent event. The number one key to saving lives is staying alert when your children are around water.
The following is a list of other water safety practices to remember and to teach your children:
1. Protect the pool from access by small children and animals.
Florida Statutes section 515 states that new residential swimming pool have one of the following: a safety enclosure around the pool with self-locking gates and latches at least 54” above the ground, alarms on all doors and windows facing the pool, an approved safety cover, or a pool alarm that sounds when access to the water is detected (FS 515).
2. Be an active supervisor while you and your family are swimming.
If you are supervising, constantly scan the pool, stay off the phone, and keep other conversations to a minimum. It only takes a second for a child to slip into the water unnoticed.
3. Have rescue equipment readily available (throw rings, life hook, first aid kit).
Always have a cell phone available for emergency purposes only while at the pool.
4. Learn CPR and stay up-to-date on life-saving practices.
You may even consider posting the instructions for CPR near the pool.
5. Enroll young children in swim classes.
Look for classes offered at the Red Cross, Gulf Coast State College, and Frank Brown Park.
6. Never swim alone!
There is no guarantee that you will not need help.
If you are interested in educational resources for your group, Cox
Pools recommends the content from the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial
International Swimming Hall of Fame Water Safety Tips
"Simple Steps Saves Lives" Program Water Safety Tips
RedCross Safety Tips