The ground is beginning to thaw, but families continue to battle cabin fever this time of year by visiting indoor pools and water parks. Caution should be taken, however, to practice the same diligent supervision required when children are swimming outside.

As we patiently await warm temperatures to swim outdoors, families are beating boredom by taking weekend trips and passing time at hotel pools and indoor waterparks,” said Katey Taylor, Abbey’s Hope co-founder and mother of Abbey Taylor, who died of complications from injuries due to an improperly maintained pool drain. “Some adults assume that indoor hotel and school pools are less dangerous than beaches or larger outdoor pools, and this can lead to inconsistent pool supervision.”

About 88 percent of child drowning deaths occur with an adult nearby. Regardless of whether a lifeguard is on duty, or whether children are swimming indoors or outdoors, pools and waterparks always pose a risk.

Abbey’s Hope reminds parents to be vigilant in the following ways:

Become a Water Watchdog: Make sure an adult watches children in the pool, even indoor pools & water parks, at all  times. Learn about the Watchdog Program and take the pledge by clicking here.

Teach swimming and lifesaving skills: Ensure your children know how to swim, float, tread water and get in and out of the pool safely. The Winter is a good time to enroll in lessons and family classes. Take First Aid and CPR 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 and other openings.

Other safety devices: Be prepared to use other available life-saving equipment such as a cell phone, life rings and reaching poles.

Learn more at abbeyshope.org.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.


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