It’s Water Safety Month

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May is National Water Safety Month. Since it’s May, this is a good time to focus on how every member of your family can become water competent. This means being smart about water. You also must know how to help others in the water and have strong swimming skills.

Water competency means being able to enter the water, get a breath, stay afloat, change position, swim, and then get out of the water safely.

What is Water Safety Month?

Water Safety Month actually began as a week in 2003. Since then, it has grown into an annual month-long event supported by thousands of aquatics facilities, organizations, retailers, and professionals all of which provide educational programs, public service announcements, and promotions. They also distributed safety-themed materials with the goal of preventing water-related fatalities, illnesses and injuries.

There is now an International Water Safety Day on May 15th to spread awareness about drowning as a global issue.

Layers of Water Protection

Layers of protection help prevent drowning. This means:

  • providing constant attention to children you are supervising in or near water;
  • adding fencing around pools and spas; and
  • ensuring everyone in the family has swimming and water survival skills.
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Useful Links and Resources

Check out these sources of information provided by the American Red Cross:

More Water Safety Resources

Although more people are using the swimming pool this time of year, it’s important to remember that a focus on safety isn’t just seasonal. Here are some other useful resources:

  • The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance offers free brochures and booklets with information on the safe use of your pool, spa, or hot tub.
  • The Longfellow’s WHALE Tales Program makes learning about water safety fun for kids. The program offers short, educational videos about why it’s important to swim in pairs and other tips on water safety.

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Pool Fencing Installation

So, to keep your loved ones safe throughout the year when around swimming pool and spa water, work with a pool fence professional. We do pool safety fencing installation throughout Murrieta, Temecula, and other areas of Riverside County as well as San Diego County.

Getting Over the Fear Of Water

If you or anyone in your family is afraid of the water, it is important to find ways to overcome that fear. Others may not realize a person has that fear and jokingly toss them in a backyard  not knowing they are are afraid of the water and can’t swim.

There are many ways to overcome the fear of water while also ensuring good pool safety precautions to protect that person and anyone else that may fear water or not know how to swim.

Establish Trust

First, you need to address the anxiety  and help establish trust with the person to make sure they know you are concerned about their fear.  It doesn’t help to tell them “there is nothing to be afraid of.”

Take it slow with one step at a time in terms of calming them down, having them approach the water, and then encouraging them to be in the water.  Help by showing them what to do and that they will be okay when they do the same.  Patience is the key to helping build that trust and overcome the fear of water.

Overcome Fear of Swimming is a good source for how to help someone overcome their fear of swimming. Each step involves getting more comfortable with water like standing in it, splashing water on your face, and holding your breath underwater. You can also hold the side of the pool and practice your kicking.

From there, you can learn to float when you are ready. This builds confidence, helps lower the fear of water, and helps add water safety to the process.  This is an important step that others can help with, including an adult or swim instructor.

It’s not just children that may need to overcome their fear of swimming. Adults are also susceptible to fear of water and swimming. The same need to establish trust, take it slow, and learn to float are imperative for adults.  It may take longer for an adult to overcome their fears, so patience is important, because they have had many more years to live with that fear.

Maintain Water Safety

Whether you know how to swim, are just learning, or you are overcoming your fear of water, there are some water safety tips to keep in mind.

Always have an adult who can swim nearby if a novice swimmer is the in water. Have a swim buddy who can rescue you should anything go wrong. Never leave any child or non-swimmer unattended. Children and inexperienced swimmers should wear life jackets, but don’t use these as a substitute for supervision.

Pool Safety Measures 

Here are some pool safety measures to keep all non-swimmers  or new swimmers safe regardless if they are children or adults:

  • Install removable four-foot or five-foot pool fencing with self-closing, self-latching gates that encompasses and encloses the entire pool area.
  • Use pool alarms.
  • Consider a safety cover or safety net if you don’t want to install a pool safety fence.
  • Remove any objects that provide access to the pool area.
  • Remove toys from pool area after use to not attract children back to that area.

Other tips include:

  • Stay within  arm’s reach when supervising children in the pool.
  • Remove all distractions, such as cell phone viewing and texting, while supervising children and non-swimming adults.
  • Have safety equipment nearby, including a pole, life jackets, life ring, and First Aid kit.  Have emergency phone numbers  nearby.

Contact Us Now

We’re here to help with free quotes on pool safety fencing for your home, daycare business, or rentals. We also offer free quotes on pool safety covers and pool safety nets.