How To Keep Your Child Safe From Drowning At Home
Kids are surprisingly fast. So if you have a pool at home you need to be watchful. Here's how you can keep your child from drowning at home.
As Lineo Didi Kilgrow remembers her late son who drowned last year in a touching Instagram post, we are reminded of the need for safety measures. According to a statistic by Stanford, each year about 2,000 children ages 14 and under die as a result of a home injury. These home injuries include fires and burns, suffocation, drowning and more. If you have a pool, here’s how you can keep your child from drowning at home.
Dbanj’s wife remembers her first child months after welcoming another baby with her husband
Tragedy struck sometime in 2018 when D’banj and his wife Kilgrow lost their little boy in their Ikoyi home. It was reported that the child drowned in a swimming pool accident. Though celebrities live public lives, the popular Nigerian singer and his family appear to be a private unit. At the time of the tragedy, they mourned their son as privately as possible, with D’banj posting a black background with the caption: “Trying Times. But my God is Always and Forever Faithful.”
Therefore, it is not surprising then that since they welcomed their newborn months ago, there’s been little information about the baby. Instead, according to LegitNG, Kilgrow took to social media recently to post a photo featuring a baby hand. The caption read: my heart will forever be missing a piece.
How do I keep my child from drowning at home?
Children love water. They are naturally attracted to a body of water because it’s splashy, sparkly, and looks like something they can have fun with. So to keep your child from drowning at home, here are the guidelines below.
- Fence the pool: If you have a pool at home that is open, please fence the pool as soon as you can. Put up a four feet fence around that separates the pool from the main house. The fence doesn’t have to totally block out the view of anyone viewing from outside the fenced area. You can install vertical slats that allow a view, but the wall shouldn’t be anything less than four feet. Also, install a gate that opens away from the swimming area and click-locks on its own when you close.
- Install alarms: Install an alarm on the door that leads out of the main house to the swimming pool. This way, anytime a child opens that door an alarm goes off, alerting you to the child’s activity. But note that this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put up a fence around the pool.
- Don’t leave toys in the pool: Leaving a toy inside the pool is almost an invitation for drowning. The child might remember that his or her toy is in the pool and then try to go and get it.
- Block pool access: When your pool is not in use, use a safety cover to block access to the pool. Also, make sure you cover your hot tubs. If your pool is above ground, remove the ladder or steps and lock them up somewhere. For pools that deflate, empty them when not in use.
Kids are really fast, never leave them unsupervised around pools. You should make sure that there’s a phone in the swimming pool area in case of emergencies. Also keep emergency tools like a life ring with rope, reaching pole or shepherd’s crook around the pool.