None - (Tulsa, OK) – Getting ready for a pool party? If there will be kids about, take extra care.
EMSA’s Kelli Bruer tells us one of the first rules is to have an adult keeping an eye on the pool at all times. That includes even brief trips inside to grab stuff for the grill or other items.
Bruer also says the designated adult needs to abstain from adult beverages. That of course also goes for getting behind the wheel of a car or manning the helm of a boat or other personal watercraft.
Having approved flotation devices for rescue is also important. Bruer says “It’s very common that we have the rafts and the floaties and pool toys but those don’t count. You need to make sure that you have approved flotation devices that can save that child’s life and that can support that child until an adult can get to them.” She also advises to have a pool pole where you can reach out to the child if need be.
Another item to have handy is a telephone. Bruer says “In know that’s more common these days with cell phones but keep that handy with you. If you’re out there on the patio or in your boat you don’t want to have to run back inside to call 911.”
Bruer says you may not be able to get this done before this weekend but she also encourages you to learn CPR. She says many of the CPR classes are free of charge.