With classes at local public schools ending this week, and temperatures warming, it’s inevitable that teens, tweens and children of all ages will soon be making a splash at local swimming pools.
Las Cruces police and firefighters hope those swims are done safely and with adult supervision.
Nationally, an average of 250 children under 5 years of age drown each year in swimming pools or hot tubs. In Las Cruces two adults and one child have drowned since 2007. Las Cruces police and firefighters recommend following these and other safety tips:
- Never leave children, or elderly, unsupervised in or near a swimming pool or hot tub.
- Do not assume that other children, or another adult, will watch over your child’s safety.
- Do not consider anyone “drown proof” because they’ve had swimming lessons.
- Do not rely on flotation devices, such as Floaties, as a substitute for supervision.
- Keep rescue equipment, including a cell phone or telephone, easily accessible at all times.
- Remove toys from pool after use so children are not tempted to reach for them.
- Refrain from consuming alcohol while swimming or supervising others.
- Remove pool covers completely before use and securely cover after each use.
- Properly secure or lock doors and gates that lead to pools, and hot tubs when not in use.
- Ensure that babysitters and all other users know, and will follow, pool safety rules.
- Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and encourage others to do the same.
- Never allow children to play in, or near, drainage canals and irrigation ditches.
- When supervising children at play avoid distractions such as reading, texting or gaming.