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What Parents need to understand about kids and pools

Swimming Pool Safety in NC Pools

It’s That time of year again. Time for fun in the sun, laughing and splashing, and cooling of in the backyard or local swimming pool. Many homebuyers choose neighborhoods with community swimming pools. I recall spending many days at the swimming pool with my children when they were little. Before living in a neighborhood with a swimming pool, we had a pool in our backyard. One thing I can tell you for certain, You can NEVER be too safe when it comes to your children and swimming pools. Parents are the First responsible when their child is at the pool.

Let me put it another way, a child should NEVER be unsupervised in or near a swimming pool or around water.  This includes when a lifeguard is present. Some parents have a false security that lifeguards are watching their child. This is most likely not the case. 

What Parents need to understand about kids and pools: Lifeguards, as diligent as they may be, do not relieve parents of their pool safety responsibilities. With hundreds of kids in the water, diving off the boards and playing on the pool deck, lifeguards cannot give children the individual attention required for their total safety. Parents are actually the first line of defense against accidents. Read the Full Story from Cary Citizen.

 

Parents, kids and Adults should know proper Safety when around swimming pools. Be Aware of Lifeguards are an important safety features BUT REMEMBER THEY are NOT intended to replace the close supervision of parents or caregivers. Remember, lifeguards are not babysitters.

Make sure you know how to recognize if someone is in trouble or drowning.

 

Drowning Statistics according to the CDC:

Who is most at risk?

  • Males: Nearly 80% of people who die from drowning are male.2
  • Children: Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. In 2009, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from an unintentional injury, more than 30% died from drowning.1,2 Among children ages 1 to 4, most drownings occur in home swimming pools.2 Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children 1-4 than any other cause except congenital anomalies (birth defects).1 Among those 1-14, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes.1
  • Minorities: Between 2005 and 2009, the fatal unintentional drowning rate for African Americans was significantly higher than that of whites across all ages.2 The disparity is widest among children 5-14 years old. The fatal drowning rate of African American children ages 5 to 14 is almost three times that of white children in the same age range.2  

    Factors such as access to swimming pools, the desire or lack of desire to learn how to swim, and choosing water-related recreational activities may contribute to the racial differences in drowning rates. Available rates are based on population, not on participation. If rates could be determined by actual participation in water-related activities, the disparity in minorities’ drowning rates compared to whites would be much greater.5

 

Moral of the Story - Have fun this Summer but Be Smart, Be Safe, Be Diligent, and Be Attentive!

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Comment balloon 6 commentsCarla Freund • June 27 2013 05:36AM

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Terrific post Carla, Safety must be on the mind of all parents when bringing the kids to a pool for some fun.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) over 5 years ago

Great post, Carla. There are tragic consequences every year due to lack of supervision or lack of security regarding swimming pools. It worries me to see kids running around at the pool without a parent nearby. You never know what could happen.

Posted by Atlanta's Home Inspector, David Lelak IHI Home Inspections, Experience the IHI Difference (IHI Home Inspections 404-788-2581) over 5 years ago

People love to get all upset over guns in homes.  Pools are much deadlier to kids.  We had friends many years ago who had a new pool put in.  The contractor was due to come the next day and put up the fence and install the other safety devices.  The kid got out that evening and drowned.  I fear them.  

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Excellent advice Carla.  As an ex Army lifeguard I can tell you that teaching water safety was one of our biggest responsibilities.  We spoke not just about the adult safety but the safety of their children.  Great and timely post

Posted by Nevin Williams, Senior Mortgage Advisor (Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation) over 5 years ago

Howdy and evening Carla

Carla my AR friend, not only is this here an outstanding blog posts offering mighty fine helpful adice, it also shows you are a caring lady. Folks sure will appreciate you taking the time to write and post this blog post for them. 

Have a good one

Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 5 years ago

Dale - Thank you. Yes, I do care. You can never be too careful with our little ones. There are way to many drowning deaths that can be prevented.

Nevin - I can see you as an ex Army lifeguard. Unfortunately, there are many adults who don't know how to swim. As you know, we see too many lake drownings in the local news. Very sad and preventable!

Gene, Having owned a pool myself, there are many things you can and should do to prevent deaths. Just like anything, you have to be smart and diligent.

David & Bonnie - Yes, this has been a topic of discussion with several of my friends lately. When our children were little, we were in the pool with them not sitting on the chair reading a magazine or taking a nap. If we had to get out for any reason, we made certain one of the other parents was watching our child. 

Al- living in Ormond Beach I know you see this all the time. 

Posted by Carla Freund, Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489 (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) over 5 years ago

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