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Smooth Swimming: Encinitas Officials Promote Pool Safety Tips
SpaRelax Co.,Ltd | Updated: Jun 01, 2017

ENCINITAS, CA - The weather is warming up and swimming is a fun way to cool off. But ensuring a safe environment is what makes for a happy one, according to local officials.

They offered the following Pool Safely-provided tips this month to promote a fruitful, fun-filled summer:

  • Never leave a child      unattended in or near water. Always watch children when they’re in or near      water, and never leave them unattended. Designate an official Water      Watcher, an adult tasked with supervising children in the water. That      should be their only task – they shouldn’t be reading, texting or playing      games on their phone. Have a phone close by at all times in case you need      to call for help, and if a child is missing, check the Pool first. Even if a      lifeguard is present, parents and caregivers should still take the      responsibility of being a designated Water Watcher. When any lifeguard      chair is empty, the remaining lifeguards may not be able to see the entire      Pool and when lifeguards are      seated in low chairs, their view can be blocked by patrons in the Pool.

  • Teach children how to      swim. Swimming is not only fun, it’s a lifesaving skill. Enroll children      in swimming lessons.

  • Teach children to stay      away from drains. Do not play or swim near drains or suction outlets,      especially in spas and shallow Pools, and never enter a Pool or spa that has a loose, broken      or missing drain cover. Children’s hair, limbs, jewelry or bathing suits      can get stuck in a drain or suction opening. When using a spa, be sure to locate the      emergency vacuum shutoff before getting in the water.

  • Ensure all Pools and spas - both in your backyard      and any public Pool you may visit - have      compliant drain covers. Virginia Graeme Baker, after whom the Pool and Spa Safety Act is named,      died from drowning due to a suction entrapment from a faulty drain cover.      All public Pools and spas must have drain grates      or covers that meet safety standards to avoid incidents like the one that      took Graeme’s life. Powerful suction from a Pool or spa drain can even trap an adult.

  • Install proper barriers,      covers and alarms on and around your Pool and spa. Proper fences, barriers, alarms and covers can be      lifesaving devices. A fence of at least four feet in height should      surround the Pool or spa on all sides and should      not be climbable for children. The water should only be accessible through      a self-closing, self-latching gate. Teach children to never try to climb      over the gate or fence. Install a door alarm from the house to the Pool area, and keep Pool and spa covers in working order.

  • Know how to perform CPR      on children and adults. Often, bystanders are the first to aid a drowning      victim, so learning CPR can help save a life. And once you’re CPR      certified, make sure to keep your certification current.

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