Avoiding Staten Island Pool Injuries and Deaths
Frank J. Dito, Jr.
The Staten Island Advance released an article on their website today titled "Staying Safe in the Water Requires Adult Supervision" which offers pool death and pool injury statistics and tips on how to prevent pool injuries and pool deaths.
Here are some tips to keep in mind this summer if you own a pool or have a child:
- Make sure you have a 4 foot fence installed around the pool or going to the area where the pool is. A minimum height of 4 feet helps keep younger children out of the pool when they are not supposed to be swimming in it. It also slows down older children from accessing the pool when it is unsupervised.
- Keep an eye on your children or children you are watching. If you are watching a child or a have a child of your own it is important to keep a close eye on your children to make sure they do not go in the pool unattended. If your child does get away from you it is important to check the pool first before checking anywhere else. It is easy, especially for young children, to drown in a short amount of time. Many parents and caregivers make the mistake of checking every where other than the pool as a first place to check. It is important to check the pool first it may save he child's life.
- Alcohol consumption is the leading cause of adults drowning. Not only does alcohol inhibit your ability to get yourself out of the pool safely but also it inhibits you from being able to keep children 100% safe. Do not mix drinking and swimming.
- Wearing life jackets when the water is deep or if you are going out on a boat is important. If a boating accident occurs and you have a life jacket your chances of surviving with minimal injuries are very high. For children it is important that you have the appropriate sized life jackets. A child should not be wearing an adult life jacket unless it is a last resort. Children should wear child sized life jackets when going on a boating trip or if they are going to be around deep water.
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