Summer is officially here and kids are looking to beat the summer heat, but for many young children a refreshing dip in the pool could mean danger.
For 17-month-old Amanda, learning the swim-float-swim survival technique taught at Tiny Bubbles saved her life.
Robin Renaud, Amanda's mother, says, "Since we've started the training, my 17-month-old did fall in the pool, but she already had the basic techniques. She knew what to do. She came up turned to a float and was fine."
Tiny Bubbles is a five-week program dedicated to teaching young children how to survive in the water.
Margie Herman, Tiny Bubbles owner and instructor, says, “It is a proven lifesaver. It has been proven over and over again to save lives. There have been children that walk off the side of the pool because at Amanda's age for instance, they don't know to be afraid of the water."
Instructors at Tiny Bubbles say there are many layers of protection parents can take to ensure the safety of their children around the pool this summer.
"The pool covers, the fences, the alarms. Do whatever it takes to let a parent know the child is outside and near the water."
"You never can be too prepared for anything. You want your children to be safe with the pool nearby. I do have an alarm in my house, so that's one technique, but like I said, you can fall in. Accidents don't just happen in your bathing suit."
Tiny Bubbles instructors say no one is drown proof, but everyone can learn to save their own lives in the water. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death of children age five and younger.
Children and Swimming Pool Safety
Never leave a child unattended in the water or pool area for any reason.
Don't be distracted by doors, phone calls, chores or conversations.
If you must leave the pool area, take the child with you, making sure the pool gate latches securely when it closes.
Always keep your eyes on the child or children. Designate a child watcher, whether you or someone else, when you attend a party or have friends or family over.
Talk with baby-sitters and other caretakers about pool safety, supervision and drowning prevention. Post rules such as "No running," "No pushing," "No dunking" and "Never swim alone." and enforce the rules.
Don't depend on swimming lessons or "floating toys" to protect children in the water.
Don't assume that drowning couldn't happen to you or your family.
Don't get a false sense of security just because you think your pool area and home are secure.
Always watch your children, whether in the house or outside.
Attend a CPR class. Make sure your baby-sitter knows CPR. Post CPR instructions and the 9-1-1 emergency number in the pool area.
Keep lifesaving equipment, such as a pole, life preserver and rope in the pool area. Hang them from the fence so people won't trip on them.
Don't allow children to play in the pool area.
Remove all toys, or anything a child might want to go in after from the pool area.
Have a phone handy to the pool area. Do not use the phone while your children are in the pool; use the phone only to call 9-1-1 should a problem occur.
Encourage your neighbors to follow pool safety guidelines, including keeping their gates and doors locked, and their pool gates securely closed and latched.
Make sure they don't have lumber or other things stacked against a pool fence. A kid could easily use those things to gain access to a locked pool.
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Source: http://wy.essortment.com/ Contributed to these safety tips.