Children Drown Without a Sound! Know the ABC’s of Pool Safety! A – Adult Supervision Assign a “Water Watcher” • Assign an adult “water watcher” who can swim to specifically watch the water. • Designate an adult to supervise the children in and around the pool/spa area especially during social gatherings. • Never leave children in or around a pool unattended..not even for one second. • Take the children out of and away from the swimming pool/spa area for any distractions, such as a telephone call or to use the restroom. • Do not rely on flotation devices. They should not be used as a substitute for Adult. Supervision. • Post pool address and an emergency number, including 9-1-1! B – Barriers • Install and maintain proper fencing around the pool to isolate your swimming area from the home and play area. • Use multiple layers of protection such as safety covers, gate alarms, door alarms. and motion detectors on devices Inspect them monthly. • Make sure all gates are self-closing, self-latching and open outward away from the pool. • Take away all objects that allow a child to climb up to reach the gate latch or climb over the fence. C – Classes (“CPR”) • Learn CPR, first aid, and rescue techniques. • Learn swim skills through on-going qualified instruction. • Keep rescue equipment such as a shepherd’s hook, life-saving ring, and CPR instructions mounted by the pool to assist potential rescuers. • Find out and understand the proper behavior in and around the water. Teach children the same behaviors. What To Do If A Child Falls Into A Pool! • Yell for help and check the scene to make sure that you can safely help the child • Get the child out of the pool and onto the pool deck. • Check for consciousness by tapping and shouting, “are you okay?” • If someone is with you, have them call 9-1-1. Determine if the child is breathing tilt the head back, if you don’t hear or feel breathing or see the chest rising, give two (2) Rescue Breaths, then check for a pulse. • Begin Rescue Breathing or CPR immediately and continue until emergency help arrives. • If you are alone and the child is not breathing and/or does not have a pulse, start Rescue Breathing or CPR immediately. After one minute, call 9-1-1. Return to the child and continue CPR until help arrives.
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