Posted on: August 4, 2017

Summertime is pool time

Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death among children under the age of 15. (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Just a few inches of water in a kiddie pool are enough to drown a child.

When we think of pool risks, we think of big pools, complete with deep ends, diving boards and swim parties. But more than 10 percent of pool-related deaths in young children occur in what are best known as “kiddie pools. These include inflatables, plastic wading pools and larger above-ground pools.

Whether the pool is small or large, there are steps adults should take to reduce children’s risk of drowning. For instance:

  • Constantly supervise children when they are in and around a pool.
  • Have a phone by the pool in case of emergency
  • Around large pools, make sure there’s a fence that is at least 4 feet high with a latched gate.
  • Have life preservers by the pool and learn CPR.
  • Drain kiddie pools when they are not in use and remove toys from kiddie pools when children aren’t in them.

Please remember any pool with a depth of 18 inches or more needs a permit so safety concerns can be addressed.

If you have any questions about the safety of your pool, please call Denis Noncarrow, Government Liaison at 631-765-5806.

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