Crestview YMCA: Swimming requires taking precautions

Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 04:36 PM.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advises homeowners with pools to install a fence at least 4 feet high to prevent drowning.

“The best thing is to have a safety gate,” Traver said. “Not everybody does that, and it’s not required, but it’s a good safety precaution.”

Fences should have no foot or handholds, the commission stated. Gates should open away from the pool and be self-closing and latching.

Bars should be no farther than 4 inches apart, according to information provided by local Cox Pools representatives.

“Always swim with a partner,” Traver advises. “Never swim alone. Have a swimming buddy. That’s the No. 1 thing we always tell our kids.”

If another swimmer gets in trouble, don’t jump in to rescue them, she said.

“Never go in to save someone,” Traver said. “(Extend) something to them. No matter how well you think you can swim, a panicked person can pull you under. Throw, don’t go: That’s what we teach.” 

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