Summer Pool Safety Tips

by Courtney Wheaton on June 3, 2014 at 6:53 am

Authorities are urging extra vigilance from parents of small children after the accidental drownings of toddlers in three separate Central Ohio incidents last weekend.

The Muskingum Family Y is offering some life saving tips.

Lifeguards say they are trained to watch the pool for any potential dangers. They also use a special system to make sure kids are able to hold their own while swimming in the pool.

" We like to give the kids swim test and if they are good swimmers they get a green necklace, if they are okay swimmers they get a yellow necklace and if they are red swimmers they have to stay in the shallow area, " said Blair Border, Head Life Guard at the Muskingum Family Y.

The staff also makes sure that the kids take breaks while swimming and routinely checks them for fatigue, one of the main causes of drowning. Despite constant evaluations, experts say that preventing accidents is also a responsibility of parents.

" The more eyes we can have out there watching the kids the better. Our pool gets very crowded outside, community groups come in with their kids and the staff does a great job of watching the kids. Our day camp staff also watches the kids so you have to watch them," said Jeff Radde, Executive Director of tech Muskingum Family Y.

Children under the age of 13 should be accompanied by their parents while swimming.