It is mournful to hear more and more news stories about kids accidentally drowning in residential pools because of negligence on the part of supervising adults. Many pool owners take great pride in the affair of having a decent pool at home while don’t see the fact that swimming pool can be a silent killer, especially for small and unsupervised children. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 350 kids under five years old drown in swimming pools, with many of these occurring in residential pools. What’s more, an estimated number of 2,500 kids under five are emergently sent to hospital due to drowning-related injuries and most of them will suffer permanent damage to brain and nerve trauma.
Swimming is ranked as the number one enjoyable recreation activity at summertime and as summer is coming, necessary measures must be taken to ensure the safety of kids while busy reopening the pool. It should be kept in mind that children are not allowed to swim without adequate supervision. Adult supervision combined with effective protection, such as anti slip deck and pebble paving, barriers and fences, shallow depth of pool water, make sure all necessary measures are included and your kids will be fully protected from drowning accidents.
Factors that may Increase Drowning Risk
- Lack of Supervision & Barriers
It is particularly important for swimmers, especially young children, to have adequate supervision in or around the pool. Supervised adults must not fail in their duty to keep their kids safe. What’s more, barriers like wraparound fences should be used to prevent young children from gaining access to a pool area without the awareness or supervision of a caregiver. According to CDC statistics, there is an 83% reduction in the risk of childhood drowning with a four-sided isolation pool fence, compared to the three-sided property line fencing.
- Slippery Deck & Pool Entrance
As swimming pool deck surface ages because of sunshine and rain, they will develop algae and become very slippery, especially in wet condition. To reduce the likelihood of falling or slipping on a pool deck, you should pressure wash your deck yearly. Additionally a silica sand can be added to your concrete sealer to provide a more textured and slip resistant surface. Moreover, pool entrance should be carefully designed with durable non slip floor tiles so that kids and the elders will not accidentally fall down and get hurt.
- Ladder & Steps
Stairs and ladders are a very common place for injury in a swimming pool. Colored nosing tile is used to accentuate step edges in many pools, which helps to define the step edges under the moving water. The likelihood for a fall or injury increases at night, and also even more so if there is no underwater swimming pool light to illuminate the water. Ladders often have hand rails installed into the pool deck which can become loose over time. If the ladder rails shift as you are climbing out of the water, this will greatly increase the risk of a fall. In addition, steps is the most common pool entrance. Its width and height should be designed based on safety elements to avoid kids getting injuries when they are frolicking around the pool area.
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