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With Memorial Day Weekend approaching, many families in Washington State will be opening their pools, visiting friends with pools, or visiting community pools for swimming, water games, and fun in the sun. However, it is important to remember that pools – even small inflatable pools – can be dangerous for children. According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC) drowning is consistently a leading cause of death for those under five years old and each year thousands of children either die or suffer serious injuries in a pool accident.
• Sign up for swimming lessons. The sooner your child learns how to swim, the sooner he or she will be significantly safer in a pool environment. Safety experts say that children should begin taking swimming lessons when they are four years old. • Supervision is absolutely key. An adult should be present and alert at all times when children are swimming. In many pool drowning cases, an adult was gone for five minutes or less when their child drowned – and keep in mind that children can drown even in smaller, shallow, above-ground pools. Even older children who know how to swim could have an accident, hit their head, or cramp up while in the pool. • Use a fence and lock. If you have a pool in your back yard, be sure to install a childproof fence and lock – keeping in mind that even if you do not have children, neighborhood children could wander into your pool area. • Inflatable toys can be fun – but they are not meant to keep children from drowning! Understand that there is a difference between swimming aides, toys, and life jackets. • Be prepared for a pool accident. Learn CPR, keep a phone near you at the pool, and keep safety equipment nearby.