Pool Barriers Prevents Drownings and Saves Lives
Precious Guardians gives pool barriers as a way to help save lives. As Precious Guardians we do not want any one to ever lose a child because of a pool. Nobody deserves to have to deal with that kind of fate. That is why we do what we do. More people need to know that they can do simple things to prevent drownings such as require a responsible and capable adult around water with kids! There should be no exception to this rule because there are no second chances.
It’s insane to see on the news when a family has a so-called bad day. We really never want to see such a thing and we are tempted to turn the channel. If it is even possible to conceptualize, the families whose kids survive “a bad day” can still be devastated for the rest of that entire families life. We have seen it over and over and it is time to take the steps to prevent it from happening.
The Truth is that nobody deserves that and part of the solution is beyond simple. NEVER LEAVE THE POOL IF KIDS ARE THERE… PERIOD!
Precious Guardians is writing this blog with the intention of bringing information to you that can make a big difference with having kids and a pool, spa or water feature. We also want to bring to light the fact that in Arizona if you have a pool, and kids under 6 there is a law about having a pool barrier. Even without a pool barrier you can help to prevent drownings, but there is never a replacement for a quality barrier while the water source is unattended by proper supervision.
Family and Pool Safety
First, we would like to start with Family Pool Safety 101. That involves simple steps that we all to often forget about today, yet when these steps are practiced regularly they provide you with the safety that you need.
Arizona is such a transient state that on a regular basis we get new families
coming to our wonderful state who until they get here might not have ever
had a pool, needed a pool fence or pool barrier. It can seem like such a daunting task to follow the Arizona laws regarding pool fencing and young children, but as a homeowner with a pool, you expose yourself to many liabilities beyond just the liability of your own children. Visiting relatives, grandkids, nieces, nephews, neighbors, strangers entering your yard,
contractors, pool cleaning services, pest control and many other situations
arise when having the proper pool barrier can really stop any trouble that you could have when yo are a pool owner. These and many other situations that can occur when you are not at home can all pose additional circumstances for you to consider that degrade whatever level of safety you that you think that you are providing.
“MY KIDS KNOW HOW TO SWIM” Will Not Stand Up
NOTE: Your greatest water safety assurance comes from adopting and practicing as many safety steps as possible. For our kids, adding an extra safety step by understanding responsibilities around the pool and spa can make all the difference in the their life and yours. You will never know which safety step will save a life until it does.
The Simple Pool Safety Steps That Save Lives Are:
- STAY CLOSE, BE ALERT AND WATCH CHILDREN AT ALL TIME.
“I only left them alone for a minute officer” is not something you want to have to say. Always watch your children and never leave them unattended. Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, filters and other openings. Have a phone close at all times and make sure everyone knows how to access the emergency numbers. If a child is missing, check the pool before anything else. Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors.
- LEARN AND PRACTICE WATER SAFETY SKILLS.
Learn how to swim! 75% of the nations drownings are adults and 40% of adults do not know how to swim. Those facts alone mean that a lot of adults are not capable enough to help their own kids when they are involved in a water emergency. So again, learn how to swim! It’s fun and good exercise. Make sure that you know how to perform CPR on children and adults. Local classes are available everywhere. Know and understand the basics of life saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency if needed.
- HAVE THE APPROPRIATE EQUIPMENT.
Install a pool barrier around the perimeter of the pool or spa. The barrier should be a minimum of 4 feet in height. You must use self closing and self-latching gate. You must ensure the pool or spa you use has a compliant drain cover. Install a door alarm from the house to the pool area. Properly maintain all of your pool and spa covers. Have life saving equipment such as life rings or reaching poles available for use.
Precious Guardians wants you to know that drowning is preventable. By helping us spread the word about what we are doing for kids and their safety in your community we hope completely eliminate the heartache that comes along with the unnecessary and preventable injury or death from losing a loved one by means of a drowning or home safety issue. Thank you for every ounce of support that you can offer whether it be through sharing us or through your generous donations.