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!
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.