Las Vegas, NV — The temperatures are climbing in Southern Nevada. Swimming is the most popular summer activity, and it comes in many forms – from in-ground pools to portable backyard pools. Last year, a Nationwide Children’s Hospital study showed that over the past decade, a child dies every five days in a portable backyard pool during the summer. Some families don’t realize that portable pools pose many of the same risks as in-ground pools. You can prevent drownings by following a few simple, yet important steps:
Make water safety a priority. Make sure that every family member learns how to swim well. Teach kids to ask permission to go near or in the water.
Prevent unsupervised access to water. If you have a large portable pool, treat it like an above-ground pool. Remove access ladders and make sure the safety cover is on when the pool isn’t being used. Install pool barriers. For smaller pools, empty and store them IMMEDIATELY after use.
Maintain constant supervision. NEVER leave children unattended near water. Avoid distractions when supervising children around water. In the age of smart phones and texting, making sure that you’re paying attention to kids in the water is critical.
Know what to do in an emergency. If you find a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability. Also, making sure that you and your family are trained in CPR/AED and first aid will save a life in an emergency.
The Red Cross has a variety of resources to help families learn to swim, practice water safety, and help prevent drownings. Go to http://www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem.d8aaecf214c576bf971e4cfe43181aa0/?vgnextoid=46de1a53f1c37110VgnVCM1000003481a10aRCRD&vgnextfmt=default to find information on training.
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