With temperatures expected to be in the 90s for the next few days, spending time in a pool is a great option to keep cool.
Yet, drowning is the number one cause of injury deaths to children ages 1 to 4. In 2011, seven drowning deaths were reported in Illinois, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
In May, the Consumer Product Safety Commission kicked off its Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives campaign. The campaign is targeted to at-risk groups, but also provides information that is valuable to the general public.
If you plan to spend any time at the pool, whether public or neighborhood, here are some safety tips.
Tips for staying safe at community pools
- Always watch children when they are in or near a pool or spa
- Teach children basic water safety tips
- Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments
- Have a portable telephone close by at all times when you or your family are using a pool or spa
- If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
- Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors
Practice water safety skills
- Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim
- Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly
- Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency
Have a pool safety toolkit on hand
- A first aid kit
- A pair of scissors to cut hair, clothing or a pool cover if needed
- A charged cell phone
- A flotation device
The Darien Park District offers CPR classes regularly. The next heartsaver class, which includes CPR and AED, is scheduled for July 18. The city also offers a class that teaches how to do CPR on pets.
The Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District also offers CPR classes geared toward healthcare professionals or the general public. Call Liz at 630-910-2200, ext. 318, for more information.
For more information on water safety, visit PoolSafely.gov.