Above Ground Pool Summer Time Safety Part 2

Above Ground Pool Summer Time Safety Part 2

POOL SAFETY
» Never leave children alone in or near the pool, even for a moment.
» Make sure adults are trained in life-saving techniques and CPR so they can rescue a child if
necessary.
» Surround your pool on all four sides with a sturdy five-foot fence.
» Make sure the gates self-close and self-latch at a height children can’t reach.
» Keep rescue equipment (a shepherd’s hook – a long pole with a hook on the end – and life
preserver) and a portable telephone near the pool.

Above Ground Pool Summer Time Safety Part 2

» Avoid inflatable swimming aids such as “floaties.” They are not a substitute for approved life vests
and can give children a false sense of security.
» Children are not developmentally ready for swim lessons until after their fourth birthday. Swim
programs for children under 4 should not be seen as a way to decrease the risk of drowning.
» Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arm’s length,
providing “touch supervision.”

BUG SAFETY

» Don’t use scented soaps, perfumes or hair sprays on your child.
» Repellents appropriate for use on children should contain no more than 10 percent DEET because
the chemical, which is absorbed through the skin, can cause harm. The concentration of DEET
varies significantly from product to product, so read the label of any product you purchase.
» Avoid areas where insects nest or congregate, such as stagnant pools of water, uncovered foods
and gardens where flowers are in bloom.
» Avoid dressing your child in clothing with bright colors or flowery prints.
» To remove a visible stinger from skin, gently scrape it off horizontally with a credit card or your
fingernail. You can also remove a stinger by pinching it out with a pair of tweezers or your fingers.

Above Ground Pool Summer Time Safety Part 2

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