INFANT SWIMMING POOL SAFETY 4
InfantSwimming Pool Safety
Swimmingpool Safety for AccidentalInfant Drowning
Theessence of having a swimming pool is to improve the standards ofrefreshment and swimming experience of the family members. However,the swimming pool poses a threat to infants at all times because oftheir vulnerability to water related accidents. According to the RedCross (2006), over 200 children drown every year in swimming pools.Swimming pools are a threat to infants is because of the inexperienceof kids to swim or purposefully navigate the waters. Therefore, it isimportant to realize that the nice experience that swimming poolprovide for a family, an estate or a neighborhood also carries anequal measure of threat that can lead to irrecoverable danger andloss. To manage this threat, it is highly recommended to consider thecontent of this information pamphlet.
Accidentaldrowning in infants in the swimming pools is one of the main threatthat faces a homestead or an estate with a swimming pool in thebackyard (National Swimming Pool Foundation, 2013). Such cases havebeen reported in several instances and the next statistic should beavoided this threat leads to death or irreversible physiological orpsychological effects to the infant. Drowning in a swimming pool canalso cause the development of a long-lasting fear of water by theinfant, which can lead to future hazards when in circumstances thatmust involve water. Finally, a drowned child might lead to the deathof other children who may not be good swimmers when they attempt arescue.
Thesafety rules and recommendations fall into either physicalprecautions before swimming or safety precautions during swimming.One of the non-swimming precautions is that the swimming pool shouldhave strong barriers that prevent children from visiting the poolarea on their own. The barriers should either be a high perimeterwall or a strong fence with self-locking gate. Another safetyrecommendation is that the swimming pool and the hot tub water cleanand make regular tests to ensure that young swimmers will not beaffected by the water in terms of health (Red Cross, 2006). Moreover,the homeowners with a swimming pool should ensure that they haveappropriate safety equipment and know how to respond to emergencies.
Theother recommendations relate to the swimming experience where allchildren should be under close supervision at all times by an adultwho is a swimming and safety expert. When swimming, adults shouldalways keep the children at arm`s length to prevent young swimersfrom drowning. In addition, adults should not trust the floaterswhile children are swimming (Red Cross, 2006). More importantly,adults should enforce some basic swimming rules to avoid dangerousswimming styles for kids. For instance, there should be no diving orswimming at the deep end for children, even if they know how to swim.
Toimplement such recommendations, it is advisable to take use ofcommunity resources to handle the threat. One of them is people withswimming and safety expertise and the other is local health carecenters that provide emergency response. In addition, adults shouldseek national information resource from organizations provideemergency response like St. Johns Ambulance and the Red Cross. Theseorganizations will help to know and orient themselves with the skillsof handling emergencies. Moreover, it is advisable to explore theNational swimming pool Foundation website at nspf.org to learn moreon swimming pool safety.
NationalSwimming Pool Foundation2013. Retrieved From, <http://www.nspf.org/en/resources.aspx>September 11, 2014
RedCross, 2006. Home Pool Safety.Retrieved From,<http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/water-safety/home-pool-safety>September 11, 2014