At Fulton Homes, we take water safety very seriously. You may have read about our Fence Patrol Initiative or about our 2 Seconds is Too Long program. In an effort to educate more people about how to prevent drowning and water related accidents, please read on for some tips on drowning prevention.
- Never take your eyes off a child when he or she is in or near any body of water, even for a second.
- Don’t rely solely on barriers, such as fences or walls. There is no substitute for constant supervision.
- Keep toys, tricycles, and other children’s playthings out of the water and away from the pool or spa.
- Don’t consider your children to be “drown-proof” because you enrolled them in swimming or “water-proofing” classes.
- Don’t relay on inflatable devices to keep your child afloat. These are not substitutes for adult supervision.
- Make sure your pool or spa has a fence, wall, or safety cover that guards against unsupervised access, particularly by young children.
- Make sure doors leading to the pool or spa area are self-closing and self-latching, or are equipped with exit alarms and are never propped open.
- Gates should have self-closing, self-latching mechanisms. Latches should be out of reach of young children and kept in proper working order.
- Make sure the safety cover is always closed when pool or spa is not in use.
- Always drain standing (surface) water from the pool cover. Remember that even a few inches of water can be hazardous, especially to young children.
- Learn how to administer lifesaving techniques to children, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
- Install a phone, or keep a cordless phone, in the pool or spa area.
- Post the emergency medical services phone number (i.e. 911) in an easy-to-see place near the pool or spa, and make sure that everyone learns the number(s).
WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A CHILD IN TROUBLE IN A POOL
- Yell for help and get the child out of the pool.
- Call 911 immediately for medical assistance.
- Begin CPR, if you’re trained.
- If you’re not trained in CPR, follow telephone instructions from the Fire Department until the arrive to help you.
HOW TO PREVENT DROWNING
- Make sure pools are secured.
- Get CPR Certified! Log on to the Red Cross Website or call (602)336-6490.
- Keep items that can be used for climbing (tables, chairs, ladders) away from fences.
- Don’t allow children to play in pool areas. Keep toys out of the area.
- Mount floatation devices designed for lifesaving near the pool. Many flotation toys are thought to be lifesavers. They are not, they’re only toys and should be used only as toys.
- Post the 911 emergency phone number on your phones. Have a phone near the pool area. Don’t leave children unattended while talking on the phone.
- Never allow children to be alone near a pool. Always make sure an adult is present.