Did you know that drowning is the 2nd leading cause of death in children? Do your part to prevent a tragedy by encouraging a “Water Watcher” culture at the next poolside gathering with friends and family.
When kids are in or near the pool, always designate an adult Water Watcher. A Water Watcher is a responsible adult who agrees to watch the kids in the waster without distractions and wear a Water Watcher card. After a certain amount of time (such as 15-minutes), the Water Watcher card is passed to another adult, who is responsible for the active supervision. A child can drown in a matter of seconds without making a sound. Please don’t be distracted by cell phones or socializing. Wear the “Water Watcher” tag and only be relieved of duty by another adult Water Watcher. Pick up your free “Water Watcher” tag at the San Marino Fire station.
The San Marino Fire Department has tips on how you and your family can stay safe:
Never take your eyes off a child when he/she is in or near any body of water
Don't rely on barriers, such as fences or walls near a pool or spa. There is no substitute for constant supervision.
Make sure your pool or spa has a fence, wall or safety cover that guards against unsupervised access
Make sure doors leading to the pool or spa area are self-closing and self-latching or are equipped with exit alarms and are never propped open.
Remove toys or other children’s playthings out of the water and away from the pool or spa when not in use.
Don’t consider your children to be “drown-proof” because you enroll them in swimming or water-proofing classes/
Don’t rely on inflatable devices to keep your child afloat. These are not substitutes for adult supervision
Always drain standing water from the pool cover. Remember that even a few inches of water can be hazardous, especially to young children
Install a phone or keep a cordless phone in the pool or spa area.
Keep a life-saving ring, shepherds hook and CPR instructions mounted at poolside.
If someone is in trouble in the pool:
Don’t panic; yell for help
Designate someone to call 911
Get child/adult out of the pool immediately
If trained begin CPR, if necessary