CHECK YOUR POOL

Your Baby & Toddler - - Baby Talk -

Drown­ing doesn’t only hap­pen in warmer months. Even in win­ter chil­dren are at­tracted to the pool, even though there is less ac­tiv­ity in that sec­tion of your gar­den when it is cold. The most prac­ti­cal way to en­sure that your pool area is safe is to ap­ply a very strict multi-layer safety ap­proach. Pools should be cov­ered with a pool cover or pool net and en­closed by a lock­able fence – es­pe­cially when not in use. An­drew Reed, di­rec­tor of Aqua-net, says, “A multi-layer safety ap­proach should be in place through­out the en­tire year.”

“While we strongly en­cour­age a multi-layer safety ap­proach, we would like to re­it­er­ate that it is in no way a re­place­ment for ac­tive adult su­per­vi­sion. It is also vi­tal that the adult su­per­vis­ing knows what to do when a near-drown­ing or drown­ing oc­curs.”

Con­sult the sec­tion on drown­ing in the sup­ple­ment that comes free with this is­sue of Your Baby.

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