Remember Pool Safety for the July 4th Holiday

July 1, 2012

Water Safety Tips for July 4th

As we celebrate our nation’s independence, be sure to practice the layers of protection. When you head to the backyard pool our the beach, don’t let the festivities distract you from your most important responsibility: protecting your child.

Earlier this week, the  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission published sobering statistic about drownings on July 4th.

 “In 2011, there were 25 drowning incidents involving children younger than 15 reported over the week of the July 4 holiday (June 30 through July 6). In 2010, 24 drowning incidents were reported during that same week. CPSC reports that annually there are about 390 pool or spa-related drownings for children younger than 15. Another 5,200 children of that age go to hospital emergency rooms for near-drowning injuries. An unknown number of children are seriously brain-damaged.”

Remember the layers of protection:

1. Supervision.
2. Keep pool fences closed when the pool is not in use.
3. Make sure the alarms on the door are working and you go directly to the pool if you hear the alarm go off and know that a door has been opened.
4. Make sure your child has swimming lessons and knows what to do in case the fall into a body of water.

5.Take CPR classes.

We at Baby Otter Andre Dawson Aquatic Center know the importance of drowning prevention and the layers of protection. It is our mission to make sure that every child is safe in and around the pool. The holidays are upon us and the children are in the pool more then ever so please take this seriously.

Our private swimming classes are in full swing. Your child can be equipped with the proper technique to save themselves in just 5 days.  We have over 50 years combined experience in the field and have our state and national certification.

Our group Turn Kick Reach classes teach your child how to swim to safety. For more information, contact  or call 888-SWIM-KID today to schedule the most important activity your child will ever be involved with.

Here are the CPSC’s tips for water safety:

Staying Close, Being Alert and Watching Children in and Around the Pool

  • Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your children closely around all bodies of water.
  • Teach children basic water safety tips.
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.
  • Have a telephone close by when you or your family are using a pool or spa.
  • If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first.
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors.

Learning and Practicing Water Safety Skills

  • Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim
  • Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly
  • Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency

Having the Appropriate Equipment for Your Pool or Spa

  • Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools
  • Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa
  • If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install and use a door or pool alarm
  • Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order
  • Ensure any pool and spa you use has drain covers that comply with federal standards, and ask your pool service provider if you do not know
  • Have lifesaving equipment such as life rings, floats or a reaching pole available and easily accessible


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