American research has shown that parents are overconfident about their children’s safety abilities around water.
Drowning is the second largest cause of injury related death for children aged 0-14 and more than half of parents say that they do not worry much or at all about their child drowning.
Adults must increase the quality of supervision of children around water as evidence has shown that whilst parents admit to supervising their children they also admit to participating in a variety of distracting behaviours while supervising.
The Home Safety Swimming Pool Code was printed at the request of the States of Jersey Ambulance Service, due to their concern about the number of visits they make to peoples homes every summer because of swimming pool accidents. The Code has kindly been sponsored by CAP Pools & Spas and Seahorse Pools Ltd and is being distributed by swimming pool retailers.
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Home Pool Safety. Watch it. Check it. Get Safe.
Q. Why do drownings happen in home swimming pools?
A. Pools are close to a home and the child’s natural curiosity brings them into contact with the pool. We see an average one child drowning/near drowning in Jersey home pools yearly.
Q. How do children get into the home swimming pool?
A. Usually through a house door or walking through a garden into a neighbours pool. Toddlers often fall into pools or go in voluntarily trying to reach toys or walk on top of pool covers.
Children aged 5 and under are most at risk.
Q. Will I hear the child calling for help when drowning?
A. No. Evidence shows that on average a child who has drowned was missing usually less than 5 minutes and no one heard a splash, even when the adult was by the poolside.
Pool Safety Code
1. It begins with YOU!
Pool safety starts with you. Constant adult supervision for younger children with limited distractions that may interfere with supervision is needed. Know first aid, especially CPR and teach your kids to swim.
2. Inside your home.
Have a clear view of the pool from your house. Access to exterior doors should be limited to adults, with child proof locks on doors and windows.
3. Outside your home.
Secure the pool area with a 4 sided safety fence with a self-closing self-latching gate. Keep the fence clear of furniture, kids love to climb.
4. The pool area.
Keep toys and pool aids out of the pool and store securely away out of view. Ensure drains, suction and fittings have grates and covers to prevent body or hair entrapment. Store pool chemicals in a locked cupboard.