LIFE IS COOL...BY THE POOL

LIFE IS COOL...BY THE POOL



Nothing beats chillin’ at the pool on a hot summer day. We are incredibly lucky to have nice pools to enjoy in our area. Maddock just opened an indoor pool, Rugby has had an indoor pool for years and I have fond memories of swimming lessons there. And we cannot forget about Harvey’s outdoor pool where you soak up the sun and enjoy a dip. We encourage all of our area residents to take advantage. We’ve all heard the headlines of pool accidents, and more recently ones that are hitting close to home. Pool safety is more important than ever. Whether you are in a public pool or your own pool, there are things that are a must to remember. Everyone knows there are a lot of pool drownings, but the statistics are mind blowing. Drowning is the #2 cause of accident-related deaths in children ages 14 and under. 85% of those victims were not wearing life jackets. What most don’t realize is that people tend to drown quietly and quickly. Children and adults are rarely able to call our or wave their arms. That is something to think about...a pool full of kids, you think there's so many people, someone would notice, but in a moments blink, they can go under. As a mom, that is something I play in my mind. I make my children wear life vests, even if they get teased, even if they are the only ones. They will wear them. It’s such a simple preventative tool. Sometimes adults think with lifeguards around, how can anything go wrong? 19% of children drowning deaths happen when there is a lifeguard present. Its great to have a lifeguard on duty, but we cannot expect them to watch every single child at every single moment. There are so many scary situations that can happen with pools, but you don’t need to be afraid to live and have a good time. There are preventative tips that can help make sure you are providing a safe environment. Start by securing your pool or hot tub with barriers. They should be at least 4 foot tall and self closing. Make sure they are stable enough so children cannot climb over. Its always a good idea to place a cover over the pool and having an alarm that signals pool entry. Have someone watching children at all times when they are in the pool. Keep your children within in arms length, especially if they are not strong swimmers. A child can drown in as little as 20 seconds. Once under water, their lungs fill up with water so fast, there may not be time to get to them. Living in a small community, this questions always comes up: At what age should I allow my child to go to the pool alone? The answer is not one size fits all. Every child is different as far as their maturity and their ability to swim. It is really hard to set a certain age. The advice I would give is; ask yourself, can my child take care of himself for a few hours. That includes applying sunscreen, staying hydrated and being able to fend for themselves. You should also look at their maturity level. Do they know the route and know to be cautious of unknown cars and people? Are they a strong swimmer? They may know how to swim, but are not quite strong enough. If all these answers are yes, I would feel comfortable letting my child go to the pool alone. If you are in the area this summer, please check out our local pools!