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Backus primary care provider offers pool safety tips

July 16, 2012

As yet another heat wave bears down on the region, people who are lucky enough to have pools will be spending lots of time in them.

This is a great way to cool down, but be sure to follow safety precautions. Drownings are the leading cause of death by injury for children under 15, and children under five are especially vulnerable.

There are nearly 400 drowning deaths per year among children under 15, and 5,200 related injuries treated at hospital emergency departments, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and

Here are some safety tips to follow, according to Kristie Tapper, APRN, of the Colchester Backus Health Center:

  • Don’t dive into the shallow end of a pool
  • Always watch your children and never leave them unattended
  • Stay away from pool drains, pipes and other openings
  • Install a fence around the perimeter, at least four feet high, and utilize self-closing latches. Consider a door alarm that you can hear in your home
  • Learn CPR
  • Have a phone nearby
  • If a child is missing, check the pool first.


If the recent weather is any indication, it’s going to be a hot summer. Let’s make it a safe one.