Reliable Resources on Pool Safety:
Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Pool Safely: Simple Steps Saves Lives
What is the City of Carrollton doing to ensure pool safety?
The week before Memorial Day (May 20-26) has been designated Healthy and Safe Swimming Week and the month of May is designated as National Water Safety Month. The goal of these two events is to maximize the health benefits of swimming by promoting healthy swimming and bringing awareness to safe water recreation habits.This year's theme is "Pool Chemistry for Healthy and Safe Swimming."
Pool chemicals are added to maintain water quality by killing germs. A few simple but effective prevention steps include reading and following directions on product labels and wearing appropriate safety equipment when handling pool chemicals.
According to 2016 statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1-4 years, the second leading cause among ages 5-9, and ranks fifth overall among the leading causes of unintentional death in the United States.
Everyone plays a role in preventing injuries and illnesses when it comes to the water we swim, play, and relax in. Just two hours and 30 minutes of physical activity every week, including water-based physical activity, can benefit an individual’s health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Studies have shown that children with asthma may have fewer symptoms when swimming regularly compared with other asthmatic children. Children also benefit socially from interacting with other kids in pools.
Swimmers can prevent fatal and non-fatal drowning by learning swimming skills, wearing life vests, and swimming under the close supervision of parents, caregivers, or lifeguards who know cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
According to the latest CDC statistics, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1-4 years, the second leading cause among ages 5-14 years, and ranks sixth overall among the leading causes of unintentional death in the United States. Three children die every day as a result of drowning.
From 2005-2014, there was an annual average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) in the United States – about 10 deaths per day, per CDC data. According to the report, about one in five people who die from drowning are children ages 14 years and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency care for nonfatal submersion injuries. From 2015-2016, the annual average increased to 3,694, showing a more than 4 percent rise in two years over the average for the previous nine years.
Carrollton Fire Rescue (CFR) encourages parents to watch young children while in the bathtub and to designate a responsible adult to supervise their kids when swimming or playing in or around water. Water watchers for preschoolers should provide “touch supervision” – being close enough to reach the child at all times. Because drowning occurs quickly and quietly, adults should not be involved in any other distracting activities (such as reading, being on the phone, or mowing the lawn) while supervising children, even if lifeguards are present.