Kids love water – which is both a blessing and a curse. It is great that so many kids get to have great fun with their friends and family while playing in the pool under the hot Arizona sun. However, there are inherent dangers related to kids being around water, and those dangers lead to more than a few tragedies each year. For example, in Maricopa County alone in 2014, there were a reported eight deaths among children 0-4 due to pool-related incident. Obviously, this is a serious problem that needs to be address as fully and as aggressively as possible.
One important initiative is the Watch Kids Around Water campaign. It may seem simple, but the vast majority of incidents involving children and water occur because the child was unsupervised at the time of the accident. Adult supervision can prevent nearly all of these tragic events, which it is why it is so important that everyone who has a pool or spends time near a pool understands their responsibilities. When the adults in the situation are responsible and alert, the kids can have fun and just be kids.
The first rule of pool safety when kids are involved is that they should never be alone around water – period. This is a simple rule, but it is the one that just can’t be broken. Even very small bodies of water such as drainage ditches can be dangerous, so kids must be supervised and accompanied by an adult at all times when water is in the vicinity. Obeying this one rule will go an incredibly long way toward preventing any kind of tragedy from taking place.
It should be noted that the adult in charge of supervising children needs to be capable of taking action in case of an emergency. For example, an elderly person might be well-meaning when they offer to watch kids as they swim, but if that person is not physically able to assist a child out of the pool, they won’t make a suitable supervisor. The adult in charge needs to be physically capable of providing aid to a child in danger. Of course, that adult also needs to be sober, and free from distractions such as cell phones.
All Year Long
Don’t assume that your pool is no longer a hazard for children just because it has been covered up for the winter. There are pool-related accidents which take place all year long, as children are just as prone to wander near the water in the winter months as they are in the summer. For this reason, a pool fence in Arizona is a great investment for your property. In Arizona, having a pool fence in place will make it more difficult for children to get anywhere near the water, greatly reducing the chances of an accident. Of course, a fence does not replace adult supervision, but it is an important part of an overall safety plan.
Indoor Water Also Poses a Threat
It is not only important to watch your kids when they are around a swimming pool, but also when they are around any water inside the home that could provide a dangerous situation. Bathtubs full of water, as well as buckets, toilets, and even aquariums, can all pose a risk to a child’s health. Again, this is where supervision is critical. A young child should never be left to bathe alone, for example, under any circumstances. All individuals who care for your young children need to understand the rules regarding water safety, as it only takes a small amount of water to lead to a tragic accident under the wrong circumstances.
The Mistake of Trust
It is great to feel like you can trust your children – but that trust should not extend to situations where water is present. Even if you feel like you kids are smart and cautious around the pool, you still need to be there at all times. Even well-behaved kids make mistakes, so it is up to you to make sure they don’t make any serious mistakes when around water. Leaving children unsupervised around any kind of collected water is just a risk that isn’t worth taking. Keep an eye on all children around the swimming pool at all times, and steer well clear of a potential accident.
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