It’s May again, which is National Water Safety Month, and the efforts to help keep everyone safe in and around water continue to be expanded. Kyle Chaikin, CBP, CSP, of Chaikin Ultimate Pools (a DBA of the Ultimate in Pool Care, Inc.), Deer Park, NY, does his part by not only continuing to embrace water safety goals in the work he does with the KidSwim Long Island water safety initiative.
Drowning is a leading cause of unintentional injury or death for children ages one to four. Furthermore (Source: NY State Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2007)):
- Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury or death for children ages one to fourteen years;
- Most drownings happen in residential pools;
- Most infants under the age of one drown in a bathtub, toilet, sink or bucket with as little as two inches of water;
- For every child who drowns, five others are hospitalized for non-fatal submersion injury and as many as three suffer permanent brain damage;
- Typical medical costs for a non fatal drowning are estimated at $95,000 for initial emergency room treatment to $250,000 a year for long-term care. A non fatal drowning that results in brain damage can ultimately cost more than $4.5 million;
- Supervision without distraction is the key to help prevent drownings; swimming skills are also beneficial;
- Nine out of ten drowning deaths happen when a caregiver is supervising but not paying attention;
- Complete four-sided isolation fencing could prevent 50-90% of child related drowning or near drowning.
As parents, you should know that adult supervision is the only way to prevent accidents. You should maintain constant visual contact with your children whenever they are near, or could get near, any body of water. Unfortunately, most accidents occur when there is a lapse in supervision, even for a short time.
At The Ultimate in Pool care, though we thoroughly believe that home and public pools, spas, or hot tubs provide healthy, relaxing recreational opportunities for families and others in their own backyards and public recreational facilities, our staff continues to work with nationally and locally recognized safety groups to provide information to assist pool, spa, and hot tub owners in meeting their safety needs. That said, the following links are provided to help you learn more about how to keep your families, friends, and visitors safe and healthy in and around bodies of water:
- Prevent Child Drownings
- Children Aren’t Waterproof
- Layers of Protection To Help Protect Pool, Spa, and Hot Tub Users, Especially Children Under Five Years of Age
- Pool and Spa Emergency Procedures for Infants and Children
- Guidelines for Entrapment Hazards: Making Pools and Spas Safer
Documents by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, provided courtesy of NESPA:
Additional information regarding water safety can be found via:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Healthy Swimming/Recreational Water, an index to water safety related information
- National Drowning Prevention Alliance
- National Water Safety Month
- Pool Safety & Accessibility (on our web site)
At The Ultimate in Pool Care, we care greatly about both your enjoyment and safety in and around your pool and spa. If you’d like us to conduct a safety survey of your pool and/or spa, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 631-242-2667, or via our Contact page.