Have fun and stay cool in the pool this summer!

Stay safe too.

Fremont Insurance offers some pool safety tips to keep everyone safe this summer.

Water is fun, but it can be dangerous too. Especially for young children.

A report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says children younger than age 5 represent more than 75 percent of all pool and spa drowning deaths.

There are an average of 390 pool or spa drownings involving children under age 15 each year. Portables pools can also be dangerous as they average 35 deaths each year for children 4 and under.

Safety tips for portable pools include:

  • Always empty and put away smaller portable pools after every use
  • Once the pool is set up for the summer, treat it just like you would with any other pool and always maintain a high level of supervision
  • Fences save lives. If you have a pool that remains filled all summer long, make sure that it is enclosed at all times and encourage your neighbors to do the same
  • Cover larger portable pools and put access ladders away when the pool is not being supervised by an adult to restrict access
  • Install door alarms that will alert you when someone has entered the pool area
  • Teach children to swim, float and other basic life-saving skills; however don't use this as an excuse to provide less supervision, drowning can still occur regardless of how skilled of a swimmer your child may seem to be
  • Make sure your neighbors, babysitters and visitors know about the pool's presence in your yard
  • Learn and practice CPR so you can help in an emergency

Have fun and keep your family safe this summer.

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