Pool Safety Tips
THE HARD FACTS
Among preventable injuries, drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1 – 4 years old. Children 1 – 4 years old are more likely to drown in a pool. Children 5 years and older are more likely to drown in natural water, such as ponds, lakes and rivers. Let’s prevent the preventable together!
- If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first!
- Have a portable telephone or cell phone close by at all times when you or your family are using a pool.
- Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Designate one adult during pool parties to supervise children in the pool.
- Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult. Make sure older children swim with a partner every time.
- Teach children how to swim. Every child is different, so enroll children in swim lessons when they are ready. Consider their age, development and how often they are around water.
- Know what to do in an emergency. Learning CPR and basic water rescue skills may help you save a child’s life.
- Make sure kids learn how to swim and develop these five water survival skills:
- step or jump into water over their heads and return to the surface;
- float or tread water for one minute;
- turn around in a full circle and find an exit;
- swim 25 yards to exit the water; and exit the water. If in a pool, be able to exit without using the ladder
- Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool. They need to be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather.
Pool/spa gate: Must be self-latching and latch shut on the first swing.
Pool/spa fence: Secure and in good working order – 4 feet or taller, no large gaps in the fencing.
Pool/spa ladder: Remove the access ladder and any toys from the pool when not in use.
Pool/spa pump, grates and suction: Secure all fittings and internal grates/covers. Long hair should be tied back/secured while using the pool. Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings in the pool to avoid entrapment. All users should know where to switch off the pump prior to using the pool.
Share safety instructions with family, friends & neighbors. If you see unsafe behavior, say something!
Have a portable telephone or cell phone close by at all times when you or your family are using a pool.Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Designate one adult during pool parties to supervise children in the pool.