5 Arizona Pool Safety Tips for the Summer

Summer is here and with the rising temperatures comes ice cold drinks and lounging by the pool. Arizona is called the Valley of the Sun for a reason and more often than not, people of all ages choose the pool as the perfect way to enjoy Arizona summers. However with an uptick of pool use comes an uptick in accidental drownings. In fact, on average, nearly ninety people die from drowning in Arizona each year with the majority of those deaths happening between April and August.

Children make up twenty percent of the number of total drowning deaths in Arizona according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. And sadly, news reports valley wide usually center on children who have drowned in their family's or a friend's backyard swimming pool. About seventy-five percent of those drownings were being supervised around water by at least one adult and were out of the sight of those adults for five minutes or less. So how can you help prevent summer drownings? Here are 5 Arizona pool safety tips for the summer.

1.) Never leave a child alone near water. If you must leave, take your child or children with you.

2.) Enroll children over age three in swimming lessons taught by qualified instructors.

3.) Always use approved personal flotation devices (life jackets).

4.) All gate locks and latches should be checked regularly to insure they are working properly and adhere to Arizona residential pool codes and standards. Also, a gate should never be left propped open.

5.) All residential pool owners should attend water rescue and CPR/CCR classes. Otherwise CPR/CCR instructions and the 911 emergency number (or local emergency number) should be posted in the pool area.

Water play is fun, but water safety is serious business and should be a high priority for Arizonans. Following these 5 Arizona pool safety tips for the summer can keep your outdoor activities fun, and your friends and family safe for many summers to come. –Frank

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