Larry Trapani 6/12/2013 12:13 AM Poolside Safety It's summer time and pools are a great way to beat the heat. Even though poolside activities can be fun, there are still some safety precautions that should be taken. Swimming without supervision can lead to drowning. Every year we hear about the deaths of children who fall into pools and drown because a gate was left open or there was lack of adult presence. Also, many can injuries occur as a result from slipping on decks and falling from diving boards and ladders. Here are some precautions you can take to help lessen the possibility of an injury or death: ~ Remember to always be alert! Watch your children when they are near or in a pool. Teach children safety water tips and share instructions with family and friends. ~ Learn how to swim if you don’t already know how to and teach your children also. It’s a good idea learn the basics of life-saving as well as CPR, so you can assist in case of an emergency. ~ Create a pool safety toolkit equipped with a first aid kit, scissors, a flotation device and a portable phone to call 911. ~ Install a four-foot or higher fence around the pool using self closing and self latching gates. ~ Always maintain your pool cover and make sure it’s in working order. You may also consider investing in a pool and gate alarm to alert you when children go near the water. Drowings and injuries can be prevented. By putting these safety tips and behaviors to use, you and your family will be much more secure around pools.