Pool safety important for children

Kids and swimming pools, it can be a deadly combination. Pool safety experts say it only takes a second for a child to get injured, or drown, but there are things parents can do to keep their kids safe. Six-year-old Harley Debiasi and his caregiver, Ashly Cline are spending the afternoon at the pool. Even though Harley has floating toys in the pool with him, and there is a lifeguard on duty, Ashly knows it is important to watch him closely. She says, "You need to definitely take their safety into consideration first." The YMCA’s Aquatic Director, Mike Siears, says Ashley is doing the right thing and there are ways to make your pool at home safe too. First, put up a fence and lock it. Siears says, "People have an alarm that you can put out there when the gates open it sounds an alarm. There is also floating alarms you can put in the pool so when something jumps or falls into the pool it will set off a floating alarm." Siears also recommends putting a cover over the drain, and reading the warning label on inflatable toys. He says, “on water wings for instance, you're only supposed to use it at a depth where the child can actually stand up." Also, take the toys you were using out of the pool when playtime is over. This way your children will not be tempted to reach into the pool to get them and possibly fall in. Siears says parents should know CPR and have a first aid kit on hand just in case.

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