PROPERTY NEWS - With the end of the year in sight and summer holiday close enough to touch, swimming is becoming a bigger part of our daily lives again. However, this brings more responsibility to protect your children against harm.
Here are some safety tips for parents and pool owners:
• 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 and 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 leave.
• 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!!
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