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Are you up on pool safety and the latest gadgets to help keep your family and guest safe this summer?

From 2005 to 2014, there have been more than 3,500 drowning deaths each year nationwide, or 10 per day. Of those, 1 in 5 are children 14 and younger, per data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Approximately 75% of those children were between 1 and 3 years of age.

Most disturbing, at the time of the incident most of the children were being supervised by one or both parents. Drowning can occur in a matter of minutes (77% of the victims had been missing from sight for five minutes or less) and, unlike scenes in movies or on TV, drowning victims don’t cry out. – drowning is a silent death.

Whether you’re at a pool, beach or lake, here are some important safety tips to keep in mind:

Designate who’s in charge – in many cases one parent thought the other was watching the child.  Drowning can happen in a matter of seconds though so having a wearable monitor for your child can avoid any delay.  The New Safety Turtle 2.0 Child Immersion Pool/Water Alarm Kit is a wrist band that your child (and pet!) wears that will automatically alarm the second it gets wet.  You can have multiple bands on one system if you’re having a party and it’s just plug and go so you can take it with you to a friend’s house or on vacation. Plus, it’s super easy to use, just plug it in and it’s ready to go.

Install a fence completely around your pool. This should be at least four feet high but preferably five feet. If your house opens right onto the pool, the doors leading from the house to the pool should be protected with an alarm such as the GE Personal Security Window and Door Alarm.

Be sure there are no objects such as lawn chairs or riding toys around the fence that your child could use as leverage to climb over.  Fence gates should be self-closing and self-latching.

Keep the pool protected when not in use. A power safety cover should also be installed. Be sure this cover meets the requirements of the ASTM pool cover standard that addresses labeling requirements and performance.  Also, use a Poolguard PGRM-2 In-Ground Pool Alarm in the pool to alert you if anything or anyone hits the water.   If you have an above-ground pool, steps and ladders leading to the pool should be secured and locked or removed when the pool is not in use.

Be prepared.

In the event that a child or even an adult who can’t swim falls in be sure to have a life preserver and safety hook on hand.  Be sure that everyone in the family has been certified in CPR and First Aid as well.

Taking a few simple precautions and being prepared will help you have a safe and enjoyable summer.

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