With the weather heating up here in Southeastern PA, more and more homeowners are opening their pools and community pools are welcoming members. Whether it’s the clear, sparkling water of your backyard pool or the beckoning waves of the beach, water means summertime fun. Yet, it can also mean danger, especially for children.
Erie Insurance offers the following tips to keep your children safe:
Never allow a child to be alone in the water. Drowning is a leading cause of death for children between one and four years of age. Children should always have an adult supervising their activity in the water.
Keep pools covered. Protective pool covers can keep young children from accidentally entering the pool area. Should the gate be opened, the alarm will sound to alert an adult that someone is in the pool area. An actual pool alarm is also a good idea. Check out this video on Selecting a Pool Alarm.
Remove toys from the water. Children may be tempted to go in the water when an adult is not around to retrieve their toys.
Keep life vests on and life preserves within reach. If a young child falls into the pool while playing, a life preserver could save his or her life. And, a life vest must be worn on boats and near any pool or other body of water. Swim only in public areas that are staffed with a lifeguard.
Learn and live. Insist that family, friends and babysitters learn CPR. Enroll children in a professional swimming instruction course.
This information is presented as a public service of Erie Insurance and The Weimer Group. For more information on this topic or to discuss your PA home insurance please visit our virtual insurance office or stop by one of our locations in beautiful Bucks and Montgomery Counties.