Spring is finally arriving in Chicago. Stories are starting to come out of warm-weather states in the U.S. – Florida, California, and Arizona about toddlers chasing the family dog, toddlers escaping during a game of hide-and-seek, toddlers out of sight for the time it takes to unload the groceries, toddlers left watching TV while the parent finishes some chore. Unfortunately the end result of these stories is always the same – the toddler is found in the pool. In some lucky instances someone nearby knew CPR and the child was revived. Too often the child dies.
Ideally every parent, every grandparent, every caregiver or concerned adult will teach the children they love basic water safety. They will enroll them in swim lessons. They will learn CPR. In a less perfect world, the absolute minimum effort should be effective fencing around any swimming pool on your property. Or if you are near a lake, stream, a neighbor’s unfenced pool or decorative water feature, fence your own property. Toddlers are most likely to drown in a swimming pool. They can rival Houdini as escape artists – make it harder for themselves to get into serious trouble when they do escape from your watchful eye. Fence.