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Pool Safety Tips
Learn to swim.
Never leave children
unsupervised around water. You should have an eye on children at all times.
Keep a phone by the pool
so you can call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.
Learn CPR and insist that
anyone who cares for your children know CPR also.
Enclose the pool
completely with a self-locking, self-closing fence with vertical bars. If your
house is part of the barrier, the doors leading from the house should remain
locked and be protected with an alarm that sounds when the door is unexpectedly
opened. If there is a pet door, be sure that it is locked when small children
are in the house.
Check your fence
regularly to make sure that it is secure so neighbor children can't wander into
your yard and fall into the pool.
Never leave furniture
near the fence that would enable a child to climb over and gain access to the
Always keep basic
lifesaving equipment by the pool and know how to use it. A pole, rope, and
personal floatation devices are recommended.
Keep toys away from the
pool when not in use. Toys can attract young children into the pool.
Pool covers should always
be completely removed prior to pool use.
If a child is missing,
check the pool first. Go to the edge of the pool and scan the entire pool,
bottom, and surface, as well as the surrounding pool area.
Do not rely on
substitutes. Use of floatation devices and inflatable toys should NEVER replace
adult supervision. Such devices could suddenly shift position, lose air, or slip
out from underneath, leaving the child in a dangerous situation.
Enroll children in a
water safety and swimming course.
If you are supervising
children around pools you should take a CPR course
prevention tips for pool owners
Never leave a child unattended in the water or pool area for any reason.
Don't be distracted by doorbells, phone calls, chores or conversations. If you
must leave the pool area, take the child with you, making sure the pool gate
latches securely when it closes.
· Always keep your eyes on the child or children. Designate a
child watcher, whether you or someone else, when you attend a party or have
friends or family over.
· Talk with baby-sitters about pool safety, supervision and
· Post rules such as "No running," "No
pushing," "No dunking" and "Never swim alone." Enforce
· Don't rely on swimming lessons or "floaties" to
protect your children in the water.
· Don't assume that drowning or a drowning incident couldn't
happen to you or your family.
· Don't have a false sense of security just because you think
your pool area and home are secure. Always watch your children, whether in the
house or outside.
· Attend a CPR class. Make sure your baby-sitter knows CPR.
· For the nearest cardiopulmonary resuscitation class, contact
your fire department, Red Cross or hospital.
· Encourage your neighbors to follow pool safety guidelines, including keeping their back gates and doors locked, and their pool gates securely closed and latched.
A dip in the pool can cool
you off, but it can also pose a health risk. The Center for Disease Control
suggests six tips to reduce swimming health risks.