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This memorial website was created in the memory of our beloved little princess, Jessica  who was born in LaGrange, Georgia on January 06, 2002 and passed away on June 15, 2005 at the age of 3
 
 
                     


Please Light A Candle For Jessica When You Visit 
               Thanks For All Your Kind Words & Support!!!!


Jessica was born on Jan 6, 2002. Which just happened to be her 14 year old sister's birthday also. She was 9 weeks early weighing in at just under 4lbs.

All of my children were born premature, My oldest son who is now 22 yrs. old was 4 weeks early, my oldest daughter who is now almost 18 was 12 weeks early weighing under 2 lbs. My youngest son who is 9 yrs. old,  was 6 weeks early. The doctors could never figure out why I went into early labor. All the babies were born healthy, breathing on their own and came home from the hospital way before their actual due dates, we finally decided I just cook them quicker.

When I found out I was pregnant with Jessica, it was a big surprise. The other kids were 18, 14, and 6. And my Stepson was 17, and Step daughter was 14. So I was going to have to start all over, but I soon became very excited about having another baby and the whole family excitedly awaited her arrival.

Jessica was the only one that had any difficulties in the delivery room, My placenta separated and I started bleeding very badly, they were going to do an emergency C-section but before they could put me to sleep, she suddenly arrived she weighed 3lbs 15oz!!!! after 2 weeks (she had to weigh 4.6 lbs) she came home.

Everything seemed fine.. as Jessie got older and grew bigger we were amazed at how smart she was, she could use 5 word sentences at 1  1/2 years old. She could communicate with you just as well as my older children if not better. My sister Erika use to say she was an "old soul".

People were drawn to Jessica, she never met a stranger. She was very special. I have 3 other children and 2 step children whom I love more than anything in the world and as they were growing up I thought each one of them was special in different ways. But even they will tell you Jessica was very special,  there was something extra, extra special about her. I can't explain it except everywhere we went she made people laugh and smile she was an exceptional little girl.

I started to worry alittle because Jessie wasn't pulling up to stand, or trying to stand like she should have been, but  being a premie I expected some delays somewhere. When she was 18 1/2 months old they diagnosed her with Cerebal Palsey. (caused by her brain being deprived of oxygen when the placenta separated)  

It only affected her legs and we started physical therapy immediatley. Her PT had high hopes that Jessica would some day walk unassisted.
 
By the time she was 3 she could walk with a walker, and had just started trying hand crutches. But Jessica could crawl, scoot or climb any where she wanted to go it never held her back and she was always happy and a joy to be around. Because of her disability I worked part-time from my home so Jessie and I were always together. I always worried about something happening to one of the older children because I couldn't be with them 24/7. But I never thought anything could happen to my Jessie.

Jessica's favorite thing to do was play in the tub, she probably took a bath 3 times a day, she loved it. My washer and dryer is in the bathroom so I would usually wash and fold clothes and run the folded clothes to the correct bedrooms they belonged in. Now my house is one story, and less than 1200 sq.ft. The bathroom is located right in the middle.  Jessica was very stable in a sitting position, that's how she spent most of her time. She had strong arms and legs and she was 3 1/2 years old.  I thought nothing of walking out of that bathroom for a moment or two, I had done it with everyone of the other children, when they were that age, besides, I thought if anything were to ever happen I would hear her splashing or coughing right?  WRONG  you don't hear a thing. Children under the age of 5 don't have the same reaction to drowning like an older child or adult. Their lungs are so small it only takes one gulp of water to fill them causing them to immediatly shut down, then their heart stops. It can happen in less than 5 seconds.

On June 15th 2005 ...Jessica was in the tub, I was folding clothes, and our cat (that had just given birth to kittens about 2 weeks earlier) walked around the corner meowing. Jessie and I were going to a doctor's appt. as soon as she got out of the tub and I didn't know how long we would be gone and so I scooped the cat up and  took her into the kitchen (less than 25 feet from the bathroom) and fed her. I was back in less than a minute believe me I have timed it over and over.  Jessica was face down in the tub. I screamed and picked her up screaming her name. I know CPR but when it was my little precious baby lying there I completely forgot everything I knew.  I was shaking so bad I couldn't even tell if she had a pulse. But I tried to do what i could and continued until the first police officer arrived. He took over then but I could tell it upset him. When the ambulance arrived (it seemed like it took forever) they made me and my fiancee' (the officer had called him) wait outside. I couldn't understand why they were taking so long I felt they should have been rushing and getting her to the ER ASAP. But I know now, that they already knew she was gone and were just going through procedures that are required.

When we did get to the hospital the doctor came and told us what I already knew deep down, my little girl was gone.
I can't describe the feeling at that moment. There are no words to help you understand how a parent feels at time like that.
 
My older daughter Ashton and my best friend Shirley had arrived at the hospital by then and they let us stay with her and hold her and say goodbye. After about 40 minutes they said that it was time they needed to take her. All we could do was look at each other and cry. Walking out and leaving my baby was inconceivable I couldn't think straight. I don't even remember leaving I think I was in shock.

Calling the other people in our family and telling them was horrible & it was so hard actually saying Jessica is dead. It made it real. I felt so guilty. I still can't believe she's gone and with me right there.
 
At the funeral home 2 days later we noticed a bruise on her forehead that hadn't started developing at the hospital. We think she probably tried to stand up on the side of the tub because of the cat. She loved that cat and was thrilled with the kittens. I had to make her leave them alone. So when she saw me scoop the cat up she was probably trying to see what I was doing or trying to try to climb out of the tub. 

I have researched toddler drownings on the internet and it can happen in seconds....Please don't ever leave them alone in the bath. Not even with an older sibling in the tub with them. A toddler can drown in a bucket of mop water sitting on the floor. Or in the toilet. Backyard pools are responsible for more accidental drownings than anything else. Take every safety precaution you can. Please be careful I don't want anyone to ever feel the way I do. God Bless you.
 

Please read  Jessica's legacy it tells some remarkable things that Jessica spoke of and did. She knew that she was going to die...
  

 A book that is really great for people that have lost
a child is "Quit kissing My Ashes...a mother's 
journey through grief by: Judy Collier    
 
    
   http://www.quitkissingmyashes.com     





Also in Jessica's Legacy important facts on accidental drowning, If this website prevents even one other child from drowning, Jessica's life and death will have made a true difference and her legacy will live on.......

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         WE WILL LOVE & MISS YOU FOREVER!!!  
                

THE LOSS OF A CHILD......

 
THE LOSS OF A CHILD IS
A MOTHER’S DARKEST FEAR
IN THESE WORDS I FIND COMFORT
AND MY DEEPEST TEARS

BUT DON’T FEEL SAD FOR ME ....
FOR I FEEL HONORED......
TO HAVE BEEN THERE TO SHARE
FROM HER FIRST MOMENT TO HER VERY LAST HOUR

HER LIFE BEGAN AND ENDED THE SAME.....
I HELD HER IN MY ARMS
I CRIED, WHISPERING HER NAME

LOOKING BACK ON HER PRECIOUS LIFE
SO SHORT, SO SWEET AND DEAR
THE MEMORIES THAT LIVE INSIDE ME
HELP ME GO ON FROM HERE

I KNOW THAT DEATH IS NOT AN END
HER SOUL HAS BEEN REBORN AGAIN
A REASON TO REJOICE AND LISTEN FOR
HEAVEN’S NEWEST ANGEL’S VOICE

THERE’S A PEACEFULNESS IN MY HEART AND FACE
I KNOW SHE’S IN A BETTER PLACE
BUT I ALWAYS THOUGHT I’D WIN HEAVENS RACE
I WOULD HAVE GLADLY GONE IN HER PLACE

IT’S A MOTHER’S DUTY TO GO FIRST
BUT A CHILD LOSING A MOTHER
MIGHT THAT BE WORSE?

I BROUGHT HER FORTH UNTO THIS EARTH
WITH GREAT JOY AND INTENTIONS
SADLY SHE WAS CALLED TO SOON,
HEAVEN NEEDED HER ATTENTION

SHE LIVED EVERY MOMENT WITH
MY LOVE AND CARE
SHE WAS BLESSED, FOR HER WHOLE LIFE               
I WAS ALWAYS THERE

SO, DON’T FEEL SAD FOR ME.....
FOR I FEEL HONORED........
TO HAVE BEEN THERE TO SHARE
FROM HER FIRST MOMENT TO HER VERY LAST HOUR       

HER LIFE BEGAN AND ENDED THE SAME.....
I HELD HER IN MY ARMS......
I CRIED, WHISPERING HER NAME

L.Chapman
     
                                   





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JUST A THOUGHT   / PAIGE ORGERON (A FRIEND )
BEING BORED AT HOME I DECIDED TO LOGAN ON TO MEMORY OF.COM AND GET ON MY WEB SITE FOR LOGAN GUIDRY AND U LEFT ME A TRIBUTE TO HIM I APPREICATE IT SO MUCH SO I DECIDED TO COME TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL ANGELS SITE AND LIGHT HER A CANDLE NEVER DID I REALIZE TH...  Continue >>
Beautiful angel   / JULIE LAVERTY
My heart goes out to you and your family.  I completely understand your loss and I thank you for telling me about your "little angel".  She is a beautiful child!  It has been 9 years since we lost Eliot but the pain is still ...  Continue >>
A Memorial Day tribute   / Rosemary Sis Of Alvin Cremeans
You will never be forgotten Jessica.xoxo
An Easter Wish   / Rosemary Sis Of ^j^ Alvin Cremeans
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FOR SWEET JESSICA  / LISA COPELAND     Read >>
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i know what you are going through!  / Jodi Vicknair (another angels mom )    Read >>
Thinking of you  / Tally Jackson Mommy Of Angel Lucas     Read >>
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Her legacy
Jessica Talked To Spirits & Knew She Was Going To Die.....  
A few months before her death, Jessie told me out of the blue one morning that an old woman came into her room at night and talked to her. She said at first she was scared, but now she liked her, and sometimes others  would come. She told me that they were all dead and lived in heaven. 

Now this kid only watched a program on TV for toddlers called noggin (it's on from 6am to 7pm), she was with me constantly, how in the world could she even have any concept of death at three. And yet here she was telling me she talked to dead people and wasn't asking the normal questions that a child asks to understand death. She would tell other people too not just me. Sometimes she would almost fall asleep eating her breakfast and I would ask her why she was so tired, and she would say "those dead people just kept talking and talking last night"  Usually I tried to change the subject and pretend she hadn't said anything like that.  It freaked me out. 

But one of those mornings I asked her what they would talk about, and she said "they talked about heaven and how wonderful it was, and they told me I'm suppose to die, and then I'll go there and my legs will work." I was very upset  when she spoke of dying, I told her that nothing was ever going to happen to her, and that I didn't know what I would do without my little princess, and then she reached over and patted my arm and said "you'll be okay mommy, I'll always love you"

I look back on the things that she told us and I have to believe that she was somehow trying to prepare us, the best way she could.  And I thank God for that gift.

One of my best friends  Shirley took Jessie to church with her one sunday. They were sitting in church and Jessica pointed to the statue of  Jesus and asked who that was. Shirley said "that's Jesus baby" and Shirley told me that  Jessie looked at her  real  funny and said "well somebody got  that all wrong,  Jesus doesn't look like that at all"  Shirley said she got goose bumps.

A couple weeks before she died, we were at my ex's house , picking up my youngest son, and Jessie had stayed outside with the housekeeper watching her plant flowers, Jessica pointed to a very dead looking rose bush and said "that is going to have a pretty red flower on it" and Trisha told her that it hadn't bloomed  in  years, and  that  she was afraid  it's blooming days were over, and if she had a big shovel she would have already dug it up and planted something else there. 

The week Jessie died one red rose bloomed, on that dead rose bush, and every 3-4 weeks it has another single red bloom on it. It bloomed again just last week (Dec 2005)
           


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Jessica was special and a true gift from God  
Jessie was such a joy, she touched everyones life in some special way that came in contact with her. Even people that weren't really  " baby people"  fell in love with her.

I don't know how you feel about life after death but a great book you need to read If interested is the book "Quit kissin my ashes"  it was written by a mother that lost her son and I think anyone that has lost a child would find comfort in reading it.


http://www.quitkissingmyashes.com

It's amazing I think it might make you feel better, or at least give you some more information on the subject of life after death. I  have also gone on a lot of websites dealing with the subject and chatted with so many people and they all tell me basically the same things:

1. Our children are not alone, they have close relatives watching after them constantly, and if they don't have any close relatives that have passed there are spirits called "sitters" and they look after the little ones.

2. children continue to grow after they passed and will continue to grow until they reach what they feel is their prime. Elderly people that pass go back in age to a time that they felt was their prime. (when we or anyone else they know join them they will appear to us as we knew them so you will know and  recognize them)

3. The "sitters" bring the child often to visit their mommy and daddy at night while they sleep. Even babies that pass at birth are brought to visit their parents so they know who they are and what they look like. They continue learning and growing every day just like they do here.

Some cultures today celebrate when someone dies and they cry when a baby is born. They believe the one that passed is not ending their life, but beginning a new exsistance on a higher plane....what we all strive for... the ultimate reward. Peace, tranquility, and love surrounding us in a blanket of warmth.

And when a child is born it is just beginning the trials and tribulations of life here on earth, with all the hate, crime, injustice, unfairness, prejudice, unholy acts, misery, starvation, disease, (and not to mention on top of all that crap we are also required to WORK FULL TIME and PAY BILLS (ha ha) )



I know you wonder why? why a little innocent child? why would such a thing happen? I did too but,  this is what I believe:

From the time that they were born they weren't meant to stay here long. They are true angels  that are placed here on earth,  to have some sort of impact on the people that they came in contact with, and are suppose to somehow change our lives forever.They are here to make a change in us as human beings. Because our actions will decide the furture of our world. 

Jessica definitely impacted us and the people close to us. There had never been anyone in our family or close to us that had a disability. Jessica was the first, before Jessie, if I was somewhere and I saw a kid in a wheelchair I would think "Awww poor kid" and 5 seconds later that child was out of my mind and I never gave that child or what that that child's family a second thought. ( I hate to say it but I'm being honest) 

After Jessica was diagnosed with Cerebal Palsey,  We learned that no matter what,  nothing changes the love you feel for your child if anything it creates a stronger love and bond between the whole family and this child,  and every day things that myself and most people take for granted were never taken for granted again. 

I remember things that I had thought were difficult to do when my other children were under the age of three were a piece of cake compared to doing  these things with child that has special needs,  all  the extra time and effort it took just to go to the store,  all the special equipment that helped her learn and enjoy doing things that other children did,  all the doctors appointments,  all the physical therapy sessions, and all the attention and my participation in alot of  my other children's activities that had to be sacrificed. And not once did anyone ever complain  we all just understood and all worked together and enjoyed every minute that we had her in our lives. 

Jessica was able to do alot for herself, she was very independent and intelligent. She was potty trained like most children her age, but needed help to get her pants off,  she could get on her small potty by herself but needed someone to balance her on a regular size toilet and that was something that she would have probably needed help with for years to come. She could crawl or climb just about anywhere and loved to be outside, but since she was always crawling  we had to watch out for ants and other bugs that might bite her.  

Sharp things or small pebbles were very hard on her knees and legs. Even inside the house, carpet would rub her knees red and bare floors would bruise them. I don't care how much I mopped or swept my floors the knees of  her pants would be black in what seemed like minutes. The stains would  never come completely out so she usually looked like she had on dirty clothes.   If the stains didn't cause me to throw her pants away,  the knees wearing out in a matter of days did. Jessica went through alot of pants. 

If we went somewhere and had to wait for a little while,  like at the doctors or the bank for example. She always wanted me let her get down on the floor like any other toddler would so she could explore her surroundings, but other toddlers were able to walk and had on shoes that protected them from the dirty floor. I couldn't put her down on a  floor in a public place to crawl around on her hands and knees. Think of all the germs that would be on her hands. This was very very difficult to try to explain to a "very very" strong willed toddler. 

Jessica, never saw herself as being disabled, she just had to do things alittle differently and we found out that with a little creative thinking and adaptation she was able to enjoy all kinds of things. She always wanted to play hide n seek or tag, and instead of my children and their friends telling her no, on their own....they changed the rules so that everyone had to crawl. 

Now when I see people or children that have a disability. I feel a kinship and an understanding of what they go thru and all the love they give, and instead of looking away and forgetting. I really look at them, not out of pity but because they are beautiful human beings.  I make sure that I smile and say hello. 

I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my children will never ever make fun of someone that is different and would probably knock the socks off of any kids that did. 

She taught us  compassion, empathy and  that different isn't bad it's just different and everybody is different in some way.  Changing the rules or the way you usually do things for the benefit of someone else is what we are suppose to do.

And that my friends is the lesson our Angel- Jessica taught our family and maybe thats just a tiny tiny portion of the world that she affected but that's what angels do, they aren't magic if they were they could wave a magic wand and fix the world, instead they have to do it a little at a time. 

I feel better or I should say feel differently about death, because I will never ever stop missing her and wishing that she was here, but at the same time part of me is at peace and I know in my heart that she is ok and in a better place.

Lori
Angel-Jessica's mommy
Bereaved Parents Wish List .......  

Bereaved Parents Wish List 

 I wish my child hadn't died. I wish  I had her back.


Y
I wish you wouldn't be afraid to speak my child's name.
My child lived and was very important to me. I need to hear
 that she was important to you also.



Y
If I cry and get emotional when you talk about my child,
I wish you knew that it isn't because you have hurt me.
 My child's death is the cause of my tears. You have talked
 about my child and you have allowed me to share my grief.
I thank you for both.



Y
Being a bereaved parent is not contagious, so I wish you
wouldn't shy away from me. I need you now more than ever.

I need diversions, so I do want to hear about you, but I also
want you to hear about me. I might be sad and I might cry,
but I wish you would let me talk about my child; my favorite
topic of the day.


Y

I know that you think of and pray for me often. I also know
that my child's death pains you too. I wish you would let me
 know these things through a phone call, a card or note,
or a real big hug.

Y
I wish you wouldn't expect my grief to be over. These
first years are traumatic for me, but I wish you could
understand that my grief will never be over. I will suffer
the death of my child until the day I die.



Y
I am working hard in my recovery, but I wish you could
understand that I will never fully recover. I will always
miss my child and I will always grieve that she is dead.


Y
I wish you wouldn't expect me "not to think about it" or "be
happy". Neither will happen for a very long time,
so don't frustrate yourself.


Y
I don't want to have a "Pity party", but I do wish you would
 let me grieve. I must hurt before I can heal.




Y
I wish you understood how my life has shattered. I know
it is miserable for you to be around me when I'm feeling
miserable. Please be as patient with me as I am with you.



Y
When I say, "I'm doing okay", I wish you could understand
that I don't "feel" okay and that I struggle daily.




Y
I wish you knew that all of the grief reactions I'm having
are very normal. Depression, anger, hopelessness and overwhelming sadness are all to be expected. So please
excuse me when I'm quiet and withdrawn or irritable
 and cranky.


Y

Your advice to "take it one day at a time" is excellent
advice. However, a day is too much and too fast for me right
 now. I wish you could understand that I'm doing good to
handle an hour at a time.

Y
Please excuse me if I seem rude, certainly not my intent. Sometimes the world around me goes too fast and I need to
 get off. When I walk away, I wish you would let me find a quiet place to spend time alone.I wish you understood that grief
changes people. When my child died, a big part of me died
with her. I am not the same person I was before my child died
 and I will never be that person again.

Y






I wish very much that you could understand ~ understand my loss and my grief. But, I pray daily that you will never understand.

Y
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CPSC Warns: Pools Are Not the Only Drowning Danger at Home for Kids  


CPSC Warns: Pools Are Not the Only Drowning Danger at Home for Kids 
Data Show Other Hazards Cause More than 100 Residential Child Drowning Deaths Annually 


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Young children are irresistibly drawn to water, and tragically, about 350 children under age 5 drown in swimming pools each year. But even if you don't have a pool, your young children may not be safe from drowning. At next month's World Congress on Drowning, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will present data showing that about one-third as many children (an average of about 115 annually) drown from other hazards around the home as do in pools. CPSC has received reports of 459 young children who drowned in bathtubs, buckets, toilets, spas, hot tubs and other containers of water in a 4-year period between 1996 and 1999.



"While many of us are aware of the dangers a backyard pool poses to young children, not everyone knows about other drowning hazards around the home," said CPSC Acting Chairman Thomas Moore. "CPSC is alerting parents and caregivers to drowning hazards that might not be so obvious, to help prevent these devastating losses."



Bathtubs



Children drowning in bathtubs account for about two-thirds of the 459 reported drowning deaths in the home. The majority of these bathtub deaths occur when the caregiver is not present. In the time it takes to step out of the room to get a towel or answer the phone, a young child can drown. In at least 29 of the 292 bathtub drowning deaths reported to CPSC between 1996 and 1999, the victims were using bath seats.



Buckets



Many parents and caregivers may not realize the danger buckets pose. From 1996 through 1999, CPSC received reports of 58 children under age 5 who drowned in 5-gallon buckets. Even a small amount of liquid can be deadly. Of all buckets, the 5-gallon size presents the greatest hazard to young children because of its tall, straight sides. That, combined with the stability of these buckets, makes it nearly impossible for top-heavy infants and toddlers to free themselves when they fall into the bucket headfirst.



Toilets

Toilets can be overlooked as a drowning hazard in the home. The typical scenario involves a child under 3-years-old falling headfirst into the toilet. CPSC has received reports of 16 children under age 5 who drowned in toilets between 1996 and 1999.



Spas and Hot Tubs



Spas and hot tubs, typically located near or sometimes inside the home, pose another hazard to young children. CPSC is aware of 55 children under age 5 who drowned in spas and hot tubs between 1996 and 1999.



Other Products



Though not as frequently involved in deaths, other products around the home containing water can be drowning hazards. The most common of these are buckets with a capacity different than the 5-gallon size. Additional drowning deaths have also involved landscape ponds, sinks, and fish tanks, among other products.



TIPS



CPSC offers these tips to help prevent young children from drowning:





  • Never leave a baby alone in a bathtub for even a second. Always keep the baby in arm's reach. Don't leave a baby in the care of another young child. Never leave to answer the phone, answer the door, to get a towel or for any other reason. If you must leave, take the baby with you.



  • A baby bath seat is not a substitute for supervision. A bath seat is a bathing aid, not a safety device. Babies have slipped or climbed out of bath seats and drowned.



  • Never use a baby bath seat in a non-skid, slip-resistant bathtub because the suction cups will not adhere to the bathtub surface or can detach unexpectedly.



  • Never leave a bucket containing even a small amount of liquid unattended. When finished using a bucket, always empty it immediately.



  • Store buckets where young children cannot reach them. Buckets, accessible to children, that are left outside to collect rainwater are a hazard.



  • Always secure safety covers and barriers to prevent children from gaining access to spas or hot tubs when not in use. Some non-rigid covers, such as solar covers, can allow a small child to slip in the water and the cover would appear to still be in place.



  • Keep the toilet lid down to prevent access to the water and consider using a toilet clip to stop young children from opening the lids. Consider placing a latch on the bathroom door out of reach of young children.



  • Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) -- it can be a lifesaver when seconds count. 


Swimming Pools



Consumers with residential pools need to be aware of all the safety tips regarding in-home hazards, and also be aware of how to protect young children from the dangers a pool poses.



The key to preventing a swimming pool tragedy is to have layers of protection. This includes placing barriers around your pool to prevent access, using door and pool alarms, closely supervising your child and being prepared in case of an emergency. CPSC offers these tips to prevent pool drowning:





  • Fences and walls should be at least 4 feet high and installed completely around the pool. Fence gates should open outward from the pool and should be self-closing and self- latching. The latch should be out of a small child's reach.

  • If your house forms one side of the barrier to the pool, then doors leading from the house to the pool should be protected with alarms that produce a sound when a door is unexpectedly opened.

  • A power safety cover -- a motor-powered barrier that can be placed over the water area -- can be used when the pool is not in use.

  • Keep rescue equipment by the pool and be sure a phone is poolside with emergency numbers posted.

  • For above-ground pools, steps and ladders to the pool should be secured and locked, or removed when the pool is not in use.

  • If a child is missing, always look in the pool first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.

  • Pool alarms can be used as an added precaution. 



CPSC offers free publications consumers can use to help prevent child drowning: "Safety Barrier Guidelines for Pools," "How to Plan for the Unexpected," "Guidelines for Entrapment Hazards: Making Pools and Spas Safer," and "Prevent Child In-Home Drowning Deaths." Copies of these publications can be obtained here on CPSC's website, or by writing to "Prevent Drowning," CPSC, Washington, D.C., 20207.



 
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