Water safety for children

Here are some safety tips to help keep your children safe, courtesy of Erie Insurance:

Never allow a child to be alone in the water. Drowning is a leading cause of death for children between one and four years of age. Children should always have an adult supervising their activity in the water.

Keep pools covered.  Protective pool covers can keep young children from accidentally entering the water when no adults are around.

Install a childproof gate with an alarm. A childproof gate will prevent most children from entering the pool area. Should the gate be opened, the alarm will sound to alert an adult that someone is in the pool area.

Remove toys from the water.  Children may be tempted to go in the water when an adult is not around to retrieve their toys.

Keep life vests on and life preservers within reach.  If a young child falls into the pool while playing, a life preserver could save his or her life.

Learn and live.  Insist that family, friends and babysitters learn CPR. Enroll children in a professional swimming instruction course.

For more on pool safety, check out Erie’s Pool Safety Rules.

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For more information, drop by our website at www.albionagencies.com, or get in touch with me.

The information in this post is general in nature, and geared toward insurance conditions in Western New York.  As always, you should speak with an insurance adviser to determine your specific insurance needs.

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