OUTDOOR POOL SAFETY TIPS FOR CHILDREN

OUTDOOR POOL SAFETY TIPS FOR CHILDREN

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The Livingston Health Departments would like to remind its residents about pool safety this summer and upcoming holiday weekend. For many of us summer time means vacations, outdoor recreation and getting to enjoy outdoor pools with our children and families. The safety of our residents, especially children, is always a primary concern for our health department. The following are a few hopefully helpful tips and/or reminders about pool safety. Never leave children alone or unattended in or near a pool, not even for a second. Sadly, some of the worst stories come from a parents or guardians “turning their head for just a moment”. If you are in charge of watching your own or anyone else’s children around a pool, give your full attention while watching children and tweens. It is always a good idea for anyone watching children to know CPR and First Aid techniques.

When small children are swimming consider using life vests instead of “floaties”. “Floaties” are not approved as lifesaving swim apparatus like life vests are. Whenever infants or toddlers are in a pool, an adult should never be further than arm’s length away from them at all times! If you own a pool, surround the pool (all four sides) with a sturdy fence as per your town’s ordinance. Consider using a five foot fence or one that satisfies your town’s requirements. Always ensure gates are functioning appropriately and consider using self-closing gates. Additionally try to install gates that self-latch at a height children cannot easily reach. Always keep rescue equipment like a Sheppard’s hook, (which is a long pole with a hook at the end), a life preserver and a phone with emergency numbers near the pool area.

For additional information contact the Nursing Division at 973-535-7961 X 227