Pool Safety

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

A swimming pool can be very dangerous for children, so it is very important to use caution to prevent accidents from occurring. Dr. Ed Hill discusses swimming pool safety in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Pools provide a healthy and fun method of cooling off and, while they can be fun and entertaining, accidents can and do occur. In order to enjoy the luxuries of a swimming pool without the risk, follow these safety tips from the American Red Cross.

Never leave a child unobserved around water. Your eyes must be on the child at all times.

Keep a phone nearby so that you can call 9-1-1 in an emergency.

Learn CPR and insist that babysitters, grandparents and others who care for your child know CPR.

Enclose the pool completely with a self-locking, self-closing fence with vertical bars.

Keep basic lifesaving equipment by the pool and know how to use it. Pole, rope and personal flotation devices are recommended.

If a child is missing, check the pool first. Go to the edge of the pool and scan the entire pool, bottom and surface, as well as the surrounding pool area.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.