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Johnson Utilities Summer Pool Safety Tips

This is a public service announcement from Johnson Utilities.

Arizona has the highest child-drowning rate in the US. Don't put our children in danger!

Johnson Utilities, Johnson Community Library, YMCA, CPR Pro's, Leslie's Pool Supplies, and Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona have teamed up to make our community aware of the dangers of children and water.  

The YMCA provides a variety of water safety classes to help families and children learn good water safety practices designed to help prepare for life-threatening emergencies. Be a part of creating a more aware healthier, better prepared community by signing up for one of the water safety classes.

With many life-threatening emergencies happening in or around the pool area, it's more important than ever to be prepared in case you're confronted with an emergency. Being prepared can avert tragedy and minimize the possibility of injury or death.

Tragically, 16 deaths, including 7 of them being children, have resulted from 43 water related incidents this year, and we are just getting started.  Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4 in Arizona. Johnson Utilities and the Johnson Community Library have been provided literature to share with the community.

Please stop by Johnson Utilities or the library located at 968-1 E Hunt Hwy and pick up a free Drowning Prevention Packet.

Prevent Drowning - Block, Watch, and Learn

Block

  • Make sure your pool or spa has an effective barrier, such as a fence to help guard against unauthorized access.
  • Your pool or spa should have a barrier regardless of whether they are covered.
  • Door and windows leading to the pool areas should be locked.
  • Fence gates should have self-closing, self-latching mechanisms.  Latches need to be out of reach of young children.

Watch

  • Never leave your child unattended in or near a swimming pool, hot tub, spa, not even for a second.
  • Keep toys, tricycles, and other children's play things away from the pool or spa.
  • Don't consider your children to be "drownproof" because they have taken swimming lessons.
  • Don't allow barriers, such as fences or walls, give you a false sense of security regarding your child's safety.
  • There is No substitute for adult supervision.

Learn

  • Learn how to administer CPR, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and other lifesaving techniques.  To administer CPR correctly you must be properly trained.
  • Know how to contact your local emergency medical services.  Install a phone or keep a cordless phone in the pool or spa area.   Post the emergency number in an easy to see place.
  • Learn to swim and teach age appropriate children to swim.

Other Pool Safety Tips

  • Do not allow children to play in or around the pool area.
  • Mount life saving devices near the pool.
  • Keep tables, chairs and ladders away from pool fences.
  • Check placement of doggie doors for direct access to pool area.
  • Post your local emergency number on the phone.  Think about installing a phone near the pool area.

If you find a child in any source of water...

  • Yell for help and pull the child out of the water.
  • Call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately!
  • Begin CPR if you are trained.
  • If you are not trained to administer CPR, follow the instructions from the 9-1-1 operator until help arrives.

Adult supervision is the best approach in the prevention of drowning

Author: Johnson Utilities