Afrobeats Star D'banj Loses Son In Swimming Pool Drowning: Pool Safety Tips

Afrobeats Star D'banj Loses Son In Swimming Pool Drowning: Pool Safety Tips

Children between the ages of 1 and 4 are most at risk for drowning, and in the wake of accidents like D'banj's loss, it is imperative to employ child safety measures.

It is a year ago now that Nigerian Afrobeats star D’banj loses son to drowning, but it doesn’t make it less painful. Nor have Nigerians forgotten the deeply saddening incident.

How D’banj Loses Son To Drowning In His Indoor Pool

Afrobeats Star D'banj Loses Son In Swimming Pool Drowning: Pool Safety Tips

Daniel Oyebanjo III, who turned one in May 2018, died a month after in a swimming pool at the singer’s Lagos home. Although D’banj did not made a comment addressing the death directly, he posted a black background on his Instagram page with the caption: “Trying times but my God is Always and Forever Faithful.”
The Lagos State police command released a statement. It said that a delegation of officers had visited the family at their home in Ikoyi but no one was home. The statement asked D’banj and his wife to report the circumstances of the boy’s death to the police station after their mourning period.
“It is expected that when the mourning period is over, the family should formally report the circumstances that led to the unfortunate death of little Daniel to the police. May his soul rest in peace. Amen,” police spokesman Chike Oti wrote in the statement.
In the wake of this very unfortunate accident it’s imperative that parents employ child safety measures within the home. Once your baby begins to crawl, it is time to childproof your home. Here are simple steps to take in ensuring that your children are safe,both at home and at the pool.
Afrobeats Star D'banj Loses Son In Swimming Pool Drowning: Pool Safety Tips

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How To Ensure Pool Safety For Your Family

Afrobeats Star D'banj Loses Son In Swimming Pool Drowning: Pool Safety Tips

While swimming can be a fun and healthy summer activity, it also presents some potentially dangerous situations that parents should consider. Here are five ways to make sure your time at the pool is safe:

  1. Fence it in. If you have your own pool, like D’banj did, make sure it’s properly enclosed with a fence at least four feet high. Install a self-latching gate without easily accessible foot or hand holds. Ensure that you don’t keep pool furniture along the fence that can be used to climb over it.
  2. Get your children swimming lessons. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends lessons for children ages 4 and older. Start even younger if you have your own pool or you frequently visit a relative or friend who has a pool.
  3. Learn CPR. For any swimming session, make sure there is an adult present who knows CPR. “It’s especially important if you’re going to someone else’s house or dropping your kids off at a swim party. It’s also a great idea to learn it yourself.
  4. Use drain covers. Every year, there are multiple reports of children getting their hair or baggy swim trunks caught in pool drains. Make sure you properly cover pool drains to avoid injury.
  5. Protect your skin. The reason why you oil your skin or moisturize before and after going in the pool is the chlorine in the water can dry out your skin’s natural oils. Your skin becomes vulnerable to the sun and diseases when this happens.

 

Resource: Cleveland Clinic

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