7News reports today that a little girl at Olson Public Swimming Pool in Hyde Park nearly drowned. She was swimming in the water with her father and reportedly suffered a seizure causing her to drown.
“We bring little kids here and it’s just like, where’s the lifeguards? Whats everybody doing? This shouldn’t happen in a public pool; no one should be drowning,” said one woman at the Olsen Pool.
Lifeguards performed CPR and the little girl will be alright. She was able to breathe on her own once the ambulance arrived. (Source: 7News)
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Every year, approximately 300 children under the age of 5 drown in swimming pools and spas. Thousands more are hospitalized after close calls. (Source: Pool Safely)
Here are some of Pool Safely‘s tips on how to keep your kids safe:
1. Supervision: Watch kids both in and around your pool. If there’s a party, keep a head count so you know where the kids are at all times. Move your chair close to the pool so you can stop the kids from acting up and rough-housing when they’re in the water.
2. Fencing: Fencing is a good way to keep both your kids and your kids’ friends out of your pool when no one is around to supervise. It should have a latch that’s reachable exclusively to adults and surround the pool’s perimeter entirely.
3. Pool and spa covers: They’re a good way to let people know the pool is “Not Open”. They are usually also made kid-proof– so, if a child wanted to jump on the cover, the cover would not collapse in on them.
4. Alarms: If the pool fence is also used to keep intruders out, you may want to invest in an alarm for your home. There’s also such thing as a pool alarm which goes off if someone jumps in the pool. It’s deactivated by simply removing it from the water and is a good way to know if your child or a neighbor’s child is jumping in your pool unsupervised.
5. Safety Drain Covers: These prevent the suction from hurting your child by sucking their skin, hair, jewelry or swim suits. Public pools are actually required to have these.
6. Swimming Lessons: Obviously important for either kids or adults. It decreases drowning risk and it also increases the ability for the supervising parent to save a child who may be in danger.
7. Learn CPR: If you need to use it, this means a child is in trouble. Everyone should be CPR certified. You can take a class in this through your town and the Red Cross.
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