Pool safety products to help keep your kids safe

The CDC recently reported an increase in drowning incidents among children.

May 15, 2024, 3:57 PM
Pool safety products for your home
Pool safety products for your home
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As the summer months usher in peak pool and beach season, parents and caregivers are urged to prioritize water safety for young children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a significant increase in drowning incidents among children, particularly those aged 1 to 4.

Drowning remains the leading cause of death in this age group, with a startling 28% rise in fatalities in 2022 compared to 2019, according to the CDC.

The CDC's recent findings underscore an urgent call to action. Dr. Debra Houry, the CDC's Chief Medical Officer, emphasized the devastating impact of these tragedies on families, highlighting the necessity of community-wide preventive measures.

"Drowning can happen to anyone at any time there is access to water, it can be quick, silent and deadly," Dr. Houry stated during a press briefing.

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Pool safety products for your home
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The CDC advocates for robust drowning prevention tactics, including installing four-sided pool fencing, constant and close supervision, life jackets, and early swim lessons depending on a child's developmental readiness.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports these recommendations, advising that children as young as 1 can benefit from swimming lessons, depending on their emotional and physical development.

Parents are encouraged to consult with pediatricians before enrolling children aged 1 to 3 in swim classes, and it is strongly recommended that all children 4 and older receive swim training.

While the report focused on "basic swimming and water safety skills training" as the primary means of avoiding drowning, it also recommended "pool fencing, alarms and flotation devices such as life jackets" to reduce drowning risks.

Take a look at the pool safety products below.

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Pool Patrol Pool Alarm

Installing this pool alarm is as simple as inserting a battery and placing it in the water. With a loud alarm and a range of 20 X 40 feet, this alarm will alert you instantly if anyone falls in the water. 

  • $219.99
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  • Amazon

Stearns Kids Classic Life Vest

This life jacket has three adjustable straps and can accommodate a child from 50 to 90 pounds. 

  • $25.99
  • Amazon

Gogokids Kids Swim Vest

Swim vests differ slightly from life jackets in that they are intended to help young kids stay afloat while learning to swim. This vest has a zipper, straps, and a grab handle at the top.

  • $36.99
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Water Warden 4 ft. x 12 ft. Pool Safety Fence for In-Ground Pool

A fence with self-closing and self-latching gates can prevent unsupervised access to the pool. This one has a spring-loaded safety latch system that can be extended by adding additional panels.

  • $94.71
  • The Home Depot
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Happybuy Inground Pool Safety Cover

Strong pool covers can securely cover the water, preventing access when the pool is not in use. This one comes in several sizes to accommodate your specific pool.

  • $421.99
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  • Amazon

SECRUI Door Chime

Installing chimes on doors leading to pool areas can alert you if a child goes outside unsupervised. This chime has 52 different tones and five volume levels. 

  • $27.99
  • Amazon

Pool Safety Rope

This rope helps distinguish the shallow from the deep end and also provides swimmers with something to grab onto.

  • $21.99
  • Amazon
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Swim Belt Back Float

This floatation device provides kids with support while in the water and has adjustable layers depending on how buoyant you want to be.

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  • Amazon