Lifeguards and parents agree that teaching a child to swim and learning proper CPR techniques to ensure swimming pool safety is important. However, pool owners should keep themselves informed of pool industry safety updates in lieu of a deadly summer. There have been 90 drownings since Memorial Day, and with the summer months not yet over, the number is expected to climb.
Steps that pool owners can take to make sure their piping is safe is to know for certain that they are free from an above ground pool leak. Fixing pool pipes can keep waves from rising unexpectedly, keeping children from wandering into unsafe waters.
According to The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Safety Act, every public and independent pool is also required to keep their pools and spas equipped with anti-entrapment drain covers. Checking the suction tubing and foundation damage of a pool can also be very effective in preventing drownings.
Reports conclude that more than 70 percent of the drownings this summer occurred with children younger than 5. Because young children are lightweight, they are even more susceptible to being pushed underwater, so making sure that pools are equipped with anti-vortex drain covers is very important allow kids to have a safe, fun time at the pool this summer.