One adult should be watching children in the pool or spa at all times. Even if there's a lifeguard. Even if the kids can swim. Pledge to use the Water Watchdog system to divide supervision responsibilities; pass on the Watchdog tags when you're ready to switch.
Abbey’s Hope urges increased pool and spa safety, indoors and out
EDINA, MINN. – March 20, 2013 – As spring temperatures approach and families continue to battle cabin fever at indoor pools, spas and waterparks, Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation would like to remind parents to do their part when it comes to water safety.
“As we patiently await spring, and eventually, outdoor swimming temperatures, families will be beating boredom at indoor waterparks, community centers and hotel pools,” said Katey Taylor, co-founder of Abbey’s Hope and mother to Abbey Taylor, who died of complications from injuries due to an improperly maintained pool drain. “Pools and waterparks always pose a risk, whether or not there are lifeguards on duty. Parents can do their part to prevent tragedy in the same way as during the summer months.”
Abbey’s Hope would like to remind parents to be vigilant in these ways:
- Become a Water Watchdog – Make sure an adult is watching children in the pool at all times. Find out more and get a free Water Watchdog tag here.
- Wear life jackets and keep proper lifesaving devices nearby – When near the water, remind children and those with the inability to swim that they need to be wearing life jackets at all times.
- Teach swimming and lifesaving skills – Make sure your children know how to swim, float, tread water and get in and out of the pool safely. Take classes in First Aid and CPR. Early spring is a good time to enroll in those lessons and classes.
- Avoid dangerous drains – If you spot a loose, missing or broken drain cover, report it to the pool operator or hotel management immediately. Tie up long hair or secure with a swim cap and warn children to stay away from drains or other openings.
Parents can learn more about how to keep their swimmers safe during vacation and while at indoor pools at abbeyshope.org.
About Abbey’s Hope:
Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation is a Minnesota nonprofit organization named after Abbey Taylor, the Edina, Minn., 6-year-old who died in 2008 as a result of injuries sustained in an improperly maintained pool drain cover.
The Foundation’s goal is to:
- Promote awareness of and education related to child safety issues, including educating pool owners, operators, inspectors, and the general public about the dangers of pool entrapment, evisceration and drowning and the need for physical inspections of pool equipment.
- Work with the pool and spa industry to improve the design of its products, packaging and warning labels, and assist in the development of product safety standards related to such products.
- Identify and provide support and assistance to organizations and programs that help educate parents, children, and pool and spa manufacturers about the prevention of entrapment and traditional forms of drowning.
Find out more about Abbey’s Hope at http://abbeyshope.org.