Lt. Jim Dalrymple, Driver Engineer Paramedic Megan Gray and Firefighter Paramedic Howard Walker perform a pool safety check.
Tarpon Springs, Florida -- A close call for a family in the East Lake neighborhood of North Pinellas County could serve as a lesson for all pool owners.
In July, a three-year-old girl was found at the bottom of a pool. Thanks to quick action from the child's family performing CPR and continued efforts from East Lake Fire paramedics, the girl survived. That isn't always the outcome, though. More children aged 1-4 drown in Florida than any other state.
East Lake Fire Rescue has teamed up with Pinch-A-Penny Pool Supply to offer free door alarms and safety literature to pool owners. Most of the children who drown were last seen inside the house.
You can schedule an appointment for a free pool safety survey by calling (727) 784-8668.
East Lake Fire Rescue suggests creating layers of protection if you own a pool such as:
- Constantly supervising children who are in or near water and keep them within reach. Limit distractions which may interfere with supervision.
- Limit access from inside the home. Use child-proof door locks and door alarms.
- Limit access from outside the home--use locked sefl-latching, self-closing gates and pool safety fences. Keep furnitureaway from the safety fence to discourage kids from climbing over. Have a locking cover for hot tubs.
- Keep the pool area free of trip hazards. Keep toys and floating objects out of the pool. Maintain the water level three to four inches from the top. Use pool covers when the pool isn't in use. Place a wave alarm in the pool.
- Enroll your children in swim lessons and make sure all family members can swim. Always swim with a buddy to make sure children are never left unattended. Use life jackets when young swimmers are still learning, but don't rely on them alone. Establish rules for play areas, ensuring drains and suction fittings are off limits.
- Teach dhildren to aways ask permission before swimming.