SARASOTA - Water safety is an important topic year-round in Florida. Children and adults should be aware of the steps necessary to stay safe. There have been numerous drownings and near drownings in Florida in recent weeks. Below are some important water and swimming pool safety tips.
When near the water, watch children with constant, undivided attention. Do not become distracted with things such as text messaging, talking on the phone or yard work. Have a designated pool watcher keep an eye on swimmers at all times.
Watching your children is just as important when everyone is indoors. Children are curious, creative and innovative; they can quickly figure out how to get outside and water can pique their interest. For this reason it is important to have several layers of protection between children and the pool.
Safety devices that are available include a mesh barrier fence, self-closing and self-latching gate, alarms - for doors and windows and for detection in and around the pool, personal immersion alarms, certified safety covers, and life rings and shepherd's hooks.
Do not leave anything near the fence that a child could use to climb over it and remove steps to above ground pools when not in use.
Learn to swim and enroll children in swimming lessons - survival classes can start as early as six months old. Learn CPR and keep emergency phone numbers posted in the pool area.
While a backyard swimming pool is an obvious place to be practicing water safety, don't forget that bathtubs, lakes or ponds, inflatable kiddie pools and the beach are all on the list.
Additional pool rules and safety tips are available at www.floridapoolpro.com or upon request.
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