Islanders warned of risks of home swimming pools

People in Jersey are being warned of the dangers of swimming pools by Child Accident Prevention Jersey (CAPJ).

Louise Hamilton, CAPJ co-ordinator, said: "There are approximately 1,000 outdoor domestic swimming pools in Jersey.

"Every year children attend Jersey's Emergency Department because of a near-drowning incident."

With warmer weather ahead CAPJ is gathering endorsements for its new safety code.

The Home Swimming Pool Safety Code aims to raise awareness of how pool owners can prevent drownings.

Among others, Jersey's fire service, police and ambulance have already signed up.

Ms Hamilton said: "Water is very enticing to young children and pool covers are an additional hazard - children trying to walk on a cover can fall under them and cause a delayed rescue because the child cannot be seen."

Richard D'Ulivo-Rogers, senior paramedic and operations manager, said: "Swimming is a life skill so you need to learn how to swim, especially as we live on a small island surrounded by water and access to a variety of water activities is very popular.

"Accidents are exactly that and are unpredictable, so be prepared, take the safety advice and learn to swim."

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