Summer is here and the backyard pools are open. Although we don't like to think about it, as much fun as pools are, they present a high level of danger. Here's a few myths and facts about drowning that we all need to be aware of.
One. Drowning is not a real problem.
Myth. A residential pool is 14 times more likely to cause a death than an automobile. In California, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among kids ages 1 to 4.
Two. More children die in open water than pools.
It's a myth. Fifty percent of deaths by drowning occur in residential pools.
Three. It's more important to have a locked gate to keep the neighbors out then to worry about your own children.
A. Myth. At the time of drowning, 65% of the children were at their own home, 45% were last seen safe inside the house just before the drowning, and 72% had direct access to the pool once they stepped outside their house.
Four. Parental negligence is the reason children drown.
Myth. According to the US CPSC Drowning Study, conscientious parents who understand the need for supervision were almost always present.
Five. If I teach my kid to swim, he/she won't drown.
Myth. Even kids who know how to swim can die in a drowning.
Six. If I constantly supervise my kids, that's enough to prevent drowning.
No. It is recommended that you protect yourself and family with several layers of protection including a self-closing/self-latching gate, alarm system, safety pool cover and non-climbable fence.
Seven. Is there proof that fences or safety barriers work? My kid can easily climb a fence.
Studies have shown that a well fenced pool reduced the chance of drowning up to 80%.
Eight. Won't fences detract from the aesthetics of pools?
There are several kinds of fences to choose from which meet safety requirements and alternatives such as an approved safety cover.
Nine. Pool owners without kids don't need to worry about securing their pool.
Myth. Thirty five percent of residential drowning did not take place at the home of the victim.
For more tips check out the knowbeforeyougo.org website.