*After several drownings / near drownings of young children in the Valley recently, the Phoenix Fire Department remind everyone about the ABCs of pool safety.
A = ADULT SUPERVISION
Assign an adult to supervise children in and around the swimming pool and spa. Experts say this is needed whether there is one parent or guardian present or numerous adults present, such as during a family event or party. Have the adult supervisor wear an item, like a big hat or a whistle, so everyone knows who's in charge.
B = BARRIERS
Have a fence enclosure that isolates your swimming pool and spa from the home, play areas, front and side yards and the neighbor’s yard. Make sure all gates in that fence are self-closing and self-latching. And one barrier isn't enough. Multiple layers of barriers isolating the pool and spa from children should be installed.
Other barriers that you may want to consider to help keep your kids safe: approved swimming pool and spa safety covers, approved swimming pool and spa alarm or exit alarms on doors.
C = CLASSES
Experts recommend parents and caretakers learn how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and remember the procedure is different for adults, children and infants. Parents are also advised to enroll kids in swimming lessons. Floaties or other inflatable flotation devices are not life jackets and should never be substituted for adult supervision.
Remember, it's not just swimming pools that pose a threat.
You also need to watch your kids around any type of body of water (lake, pond, canal) or any container that can hold water.
Drowning is the number one killer of children under the age of five. Sadly, it's 100-percent preventable.
Be safe and have fun this summer!
*story courtesey of azfamily.com