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April 9, 2020

Community Update

by Paul S. Wilson, Fire Chief

Bucket and Swimming Pool Safety

 As the weather warms, we start spring cleaning and begin to use swimming pools. Please make the spring cleaning and swimming season a safe one, for your family. Drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury, related deaths in the home. Drownings occur in buckets filled with only a few inches of water and in backyard swimming pools.

Never leave a bucket filled with water:

• Empty the bucket of water, when a cleaning task is finished.

• Do not leave water in an unattended bucket.

• Store unused buckets turned over, so water cannot collect inside them.

• A toddler can fall into a bucket, filled with a small amount of water, and drown.

Safety around the pool is critical to avoid an injury or death:

• Swim with a partner or observer, so if you encounter a medical situation someone can call for help.

• Always practice constant “touch supervision” around the pool.
Touch supervision means that you are close enough to your child, grandchild or great grandchild to reach out and touch him/her.

• Older children should not be left in charge of younger children, while in or around the pool.

• Teach children that pool fittings, drains and grates are not toys and they should never stick their fingers or toes in them.

• Inflatable toys and rafts can deflate. Non-swimmers should not use them in water over their heads. 

Safety Precautions: 

• If you own a pool, install perimeter fencing to surround the pool and a self-latching locking gate or a secured pool cover.

• Keep a cordless or cellular telephone when you are out by the pool.

• Instruct babysitters about potential pool hazards and emphasize the need for constant supervision.

• If your children, grandchildren or great grandchildren visit yours’ or a friends’ pool,             be sure they are watched by an adult and know the pool safety rules.

• Insist that anyone who cares for your child, grandchild or great grandchildren knows CPR.

• Learn and practice basic lifesaving techniques, including CPR and first aid.

• In the event of a drowning, get the person out of the pool, Dial 9-1-1, and start CPR, if the person is not breathing and doesn’t have a pulse.

Drowning prevention is everyone’s responsibility.  Please insure the spring cleaning and swimming season is a safe and enjoyable one.

For Emergencies Dial 9-1-1

 Safety tips shared by The Home Safety Council®

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cparman@cathedralcity.gov