PROPERTY NEWS - With the festive season already underway and schools having closed, children tend to swim more on the hot summer days.
Safety tips for every parent and pool owner:
- Never leave a child unattended near any source of water, even a bath tub, fish pond or water bucket.
- If you have a pool or water feature, get a safety cover fitted by a reputable supplier. Don't secure a pool but ignore a pond or fountain! Check the cover fasteners regularly and replace them as soon as they weather or break - they are crucial to the effectiveness of such covers.
- If your children visit friends whose pools are not secure, urge the parents to fit a safety pool cover.
- Check the weight tolerance of any safety cover you purchase.
- Make sure that your pool is fenced and fitted with a self-closing and self-latching gate that opens to the outside of the pool. The latch should be out of reach of children.
- A swimming pool fence is not a substitute for supervision - close the pool completely.
- Don't leave toys in or right next to a pool - children will be tempted to retrieve them.
- Display a safety chart with emergency numbers on your pool fence.
- Keep your cellphone or cordless phone near the pool so that you can call 10177 in an emergency.
- Ensure that every adult in the home, including domestic workers, knows how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
- As soon as a child is found in a pool, start CPR and do not stop until emergency services arrive on the scene. It can make the difference between a full recovery, brain damage and death.
- Discourage walking or playing on any pool cover. Fit a sensor beam if your children tend to flout the rules.
- If your child has suddenly gone quiet or wandered off, check the pool first. Even a minute can make the difference between survival, irreversible brain damage and death.
- Empty baths, basins and nappy buckets immediately after use.
- Never leave the pool area unattended even for a moment; take the children with you if you do.
- It is a good idea to learn how to swim and teach the children to swim. However, a child who knows how to swim is not out of danger. He or she stills needs supervision at all times.
Be safe this summer!!