It’s that time of year when pools are packed, but unfortunately, emergency rooms can be too.
In fact, a recent report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found that fatal child drownings are on the rise.
“Water and kids don’t mix well if you’re not prepared,” said Dr. Joelle Simpson, a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Children’s National. “One kid and one lifetime being altered because of those few seconds of a mistake is truly not worth it.”
So what can parents do to keep their kids safe this summer?
Here’s a list of tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- Never leave children alone in or near a pool, even for a moment.
- Whenever children under age five are in or near water, an adult should be within arm’s length, providing “touch supervision.”
- Install a fence at least four feet high around all sides of a pool.
- Make sure pool gates open out from the pool and self-close and self-latch at a height children can’t reach.
- Keep rescue equipment and a portable telephone near the pool.
- Avoid inflatable swimming aids, like “floaties.” They can give children and parents a false sense of security.