The Straits Times recently reported (11 March) that half the number of drownings and near-drownings involving children have occured in condominium swimming pools. Evidently, concerns surrounding pool mishaps aren’t unjustified.
“The scary thing about drowning is that it’s very silent and can happen in seconds,” said Dr Arif Tyebally, deputy head of the hospital’s emergency medicine department. “You can just turn around and suddenly it’s quiet and the child is underwater.”
Here are some ways to ensure your child’s safety in the water:
1. Keep an eye on them
“You can never be too complacent when it comes to children,” Dr Arif said, stressing that parents should keep an eye on children even if they are just playing near water. “Children have to have caregivers’ undivided attention when they are in the bath of swimming.”
He added that floats and swimming rings are not proper safety devices, and should not lull parents into a false sense of security.
2. Send your child to swimming lessons
3. Hire a lifeguard
Condominium dwellers who throw pool parties should consider hiring a lifeguard for the duration as well.
By Linette Lai, The Straits Times, 11 March 2016