Summer is here, and that means it’s time to cool off at the pool. But before you head to the nearest public pool, it’s important to remember that drowning is the leading cause of death for children under the age of 5. It can happen in seconds, and it is often silent. That’s why it’s so important always to have an adult present when children are in or around the pool.
- Always have an adult present. This is the most important tip for preventing drowning. No child should ever be left unattended in or around the pool, even for a moment.
- Enroll your child in swimming lessons. Swimming lessons are a great way to teach children how to swim and to help them develop water safety skills.
- Install a pool fence or barrier. A pool fence or barrier can help to prevent children from accessing the pool without an adult’s permission.
- Keep pool toys out of the pool when they’re not in use. Pool toys can attract children to the pool, and they can also pose a drowning hazard. When pool toys are not in use, it is important to keep them out of the pool.
- Be aware of the pool’s rules. Public pools have rules for a reason. Be sure to read and follow the rules to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.
Parkchester Medical Center in the Bronx is committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care for children and families. Our team of experts is dedicated to helping you keep your children safe at the pool and throughout the summer. If you have any questions or concerns about pool safety, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help. Call us today at (718) 828 6610.
We hope you have a safe and enjoyable summer!