World Aquatic Babies & Children Network
Water Safety Pie Recipe
Start with it. It stands for supervision given by adult caregivers. Keep children within arms reach when they are in or near bodies of water. In most drowning incidents involving young children, parents or other adult caregivers had seen the child less than 5 minutes prior – drowning is quick. Give them your undivided attention and keep them within arms reach!
Add it. It stands for aquatic programs for young children. Aquatic programs are more than just swimming lessons. The good programs do three very important things for children and parents: develop over time a child’s swimming and in-water preservation skills, train children in safety behaviors, and educate parents on drowning prevention strategies.
Fences, namely those that separate the house (and young children) from the pool, add to the safety environment around home pools and spas. Alarms and self-latching doors leading to the pool and impenetrable pool covers are the key barriers that can be installed where young children are present – giving additional measures of safety. Used and maintained properly they can prevent a child from entering the pool where adult supervision and other preventatives have failed or are not in place.
Every adult care giver (parents, grandparents, nannies, baby sitters, etc.) should be CPR certified and capable. This is becomes essential when other safety measures have failed to keep a unsupervised child from the water. It is the last defense against needless injury or drowning. Learning CPR is easy with the right teacher.
Most adults relate to pie and are willing to mull over a little 'pie'.. So by
talking "pie" we knew we'd get your attention for this very important
message. It concerns the safety of your child around your swimming
pool and other bodies of water.
Children's adventures can carry them to the pool at a time when parents aren't thinking about the pool or safety and pouf! An unintended submersion that may lead to injury or death occurs.
For example, Florida's current rate of drowning is about 76 young children per year. Estimates are that 10 times that number have close calls—some of whom live but may be left impaired or disabled.
Water Safety Pie is Good for Your Children
‘Making’ water safety pie is good for your children’s safety and your piece of mind. The "pie" has four slices. These ‘slices’ are recognized by national aquatic and safety organizations as being the cornerstones of pool and spa water safety. Several of those organizations are listed at the end of this advisory. Thinking of water safety as a ‘pie’ is an easy way to remember what needs to be done by responsible parents and other adult caregivers.
MORE on water safety for your young children . . .
Don’t Rely on a Single Slice of Pie
Now you may hear statements to the
contrary, but these S.A.F.E.-ty pie slices should be considered of equal
value. Why? Because each ‘slice’ has, on its own, thwarted the near
injury or death of a young child around water — while one or more of the
other safety measures (pie slices) was not in force at the time. So view
none of the water safety pie slices as being foolproof in protecting young
children. Give your children the whole pie!
The kids are counting on you and other adult caregivers you have watch them. Don’t forget to educate all caregivers in the water safety process — grandparents, nannies, new babysitters, neighbors, and others too. You don’t want injury or drowning on ‘their shift’ as they watching your children.
More on the Whole Pie Rationale
Parents should do all that they can for the safety of their young children around water.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission points out that there will always be lapses in attention by adult caregivers that allow drowning and other injuries to occur — still, striving for constant eye contact supervision has been replaced by the improved advisory - keep children within arms reach.
Four-sided pool fences are not required under many building codes; fence gates get left open and alarms get turned off — yet, applied properly and diligently, they contribute greatly to safety.
CPR training isn't taken by enough caregivers. It's also been shown to be easily forgotten and often performed improperly, bypassing the desired effect — yet CPR is an important life saving skill that all adult caregivers should acquire and stay current on.
Aquatic education programs that educate children and parents take time to work. Kids (especially children under three years) enrolled in a program don’t immediately learn how to swim well enough to save themselves. And they don’t instantly adopt safe behavior around water either.
All parents know their children would be safer if they knew how to swim. So get started so that your children will be up and going at the soonest possible moment they can. Pre-natal classes for moms and ‘parent & me’ classes are beneficial lead ups for you and your child. Look for programs conducted within professional guidelines where proper care is given to water temperature and water quality and well as the amount of water the youngest of children might ingest.
For More Information:
Contact the following groups in connection with regarding water safety and your backyard pool or spa:
Association of Pool & Spa Professionals regarding fences, barriers, and alarms pools and other safety topics related to use of pools and spas. Request information. Web site is http://www.theapsp.org/ Their headquarters are in Virginia is at (703) 838-0083.
These organizations that can educate adult caregivers on CPR. You’ll feel better knowing what to do.
All groups are on the same side here! While each group may have a different slant to the problem and solution, ALL want to stop needless drowning and promote the safe use of pools and spas. Use your pool responsibility!