Now that school is out for the year, it is more important than ever to
do everything possible to prevent drownings. Many parents feel comfortable
that, once their children are taught to swim, they are safe from drowning.
That is not actually the case.
If a child falls into a swimming pool and bangs his head, or injurs his
leg, for example, the injury may prevent the child from using the swimming
skills he has been taught. There is absolutely no substitute for the ABCs
of Drowning Prevention:
A - Adult Supervision -
1. No child should be left unsupervised for even a moment, whether he
can swim or not.
2. Maintain a clear view of the child at all times.
3. Remove children from the swimming pool/spa before responding to any
distraction, including telephone calls and doorbells.
4. Floaties and other inflatable flotation devices are NOT life jackets.
These devices should under no circumstances be substituted for adult supervision;
5. Make sure that any adult who is supervising the swimming children knows
the emergency services telephone number and your physical address.
B - Barriers - Swimming pools in homes should have fences or other barriers to prevent
accidental falls, and homes should have gates, locks on doors, and exit
alarms should be installed at entrances to the pool area. Any object which
a child can use to climb over the gate, or reach the gate latch should
be removed or kept well inside of the fenced area.
C - Classes -
1. Learn how to properly perform CPR. You can learn from watching a video
on the website
www.abcpoolsafety.org, purchase an at-home training kit, or contact the American Heart Association
or the American Red Cross to sign up for a CPR class.
2. Enroll your child or children in swimming lessons.The YMCA website
can help you find a location near you for swimming lessons, or you can
contact the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County for additional
Check the website of Palm Beach County at
www.pbcgov.com/drowningpreventionfor more information on water safety and the Drowning Prevention Coalition
of Palm Beach County.or call our office at (561) 600-5605.