Weekly Crime Prevention Tip From The Desk Of Sheriff Wayne Ivey – April 20
I hope that everyone had a great Easter and enjoyed spending time with their family and friends. As we head back to work and start looking forward to next weekend, lets continue our Crime Prevention and Safety efforts in the area of water safety by taking a look at what we can do to make sure our children are safe around the pool.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the state of Florida ranks 2nd in the nation behind Texas with the most incidents of drowning associated with a swimming pool or spa. Unfortunately, many of these tragedies could have been avoided if the right safety measures had been in place. Below is a list of safety measures that can be used to help protect you and those you love while still enjoying an incredible experience:
1. Pool Alarms are a great resource for alerting parents and caregivers that someone has entered the pool area. The alarm activates with a piercing alert when motion is detected within the swimming area. The alarms are very inexpensive and easily installed.
2. Door Alarms (Residence & Perimeter Gates) alert when someone has entered the pool area. The alarms can be easily installed on interior doors of the home and on the exterior gated areas of the residence.
3. Flotation devices can make a great rescue tool that can be thrown or easily provided to someone in trouble. The devices should remain in one location and not be used as a toy so they are always available for rescue when needed.
4. Pool Fencing is another great way to protect little ones from harm. The fencing should be approximately 4 feet in height when installed and create a barrier around the pool and spa area.
5. Door locks should always be used on exterior doors leading to the pool area.
6. Please be mindful that young children are curious and toys, automatic pool cleaners and flotation devices can attract children towards the pool. Also, a number of pool area injuries are related to running, jumping and playing around the pool. Please establish “Pool Rules” where everyone knows the acceptable activities allowed in and around your pool.
7. Please take advantage of the many organizations that now teach swimming lessons to even the youngest. By learning to “safe swim” the child actually learns to upright themselves in the water and quickly move to the edge of the pool. Its also important for all adults to learn to swim so that they are capable of swimming, but can also help rescue someone.
8. Learning First Aid is one of the best prevention methods available to help someone who is hurt or injured. By learning CPR and other First Aid techniques, you truly become the “first” responder. Most importantly, when dealing with a pool mishap, seconds can be the difference between life and death.
Lastly, please remember that one of the best methods to protect your children from harm is to sit and talk openly with them about the dangers associated with water and how to stay safe. By having an open line of communication with your children, you can effectively remove the curiosity while delivering safety awareness. Please remember that a number of the emergencies reported each year concern friends who are visiting and unaware of the dangers associated with a pool or spa. On these occasions, your pool rules and safety messages become very important.
Please have a great week and as always, thank you so much for the incredible support that you show our agency every day!!
Sheriff Wayne Ivey