Supervision alone is not enough to prevent drownings. Knowing how to swim and practicing water safety are essential to preventing pool drownings.
Pool drownings are preventable. With over 3000 unintentional drownings occurring each year, knowing water safety is essential. About 10 people die everyday from drowning. Children ages 1-14 are at the highest risk of drowning. Drownings have occurred even when a lifeguard or 2 parents were present. Supervision alone is not enough to prevent drownings. Water safety and drowning prevention should be practiced on a year-round basis.
Pool Covers, Fences and Gates
Install pool and spa covers. Covers should have a lock on them. Install a pool safety alarm for added protection.
Fences and Gates:
Fences should be Installed on all sides of the pool area. Fences should be at least 4 feet or taller. Pool gates should have locks on them. Install a gate safety alarm for added protection. Pool gates should open outward, away from the pool. Pool gates should also be self-closing and self-latching. All objects that children can climb on to reach the locks or get over the fence should be removed.
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Pool Safety Signs and Emergency Kits
- Post a CPR sign near the pool.
- Keep a phone and emergency numbers near the pool.
- Keep a life preserver near the pool. One that is used for emergencies only.
- Keep a first aid kit near the pool area. Include scissors in the kit just in case you have to cut clothing or hair from the pool drain.
- Post the pool rules near the pool.
Pool Safety Tips for Children
- Never leave a child unattended in or near a swimming pool.
- Assign an adult who can swim to watch the children at all times. Two adults watching swimmers is even better.
- Don't read books or talk on the phone while supervising children at the pool. Your eyes should be on the kids in the pool at all times. It is important to not let anything distract you.
- Floating devises should not be used as a substitute for adult supervision.
- Teach your children how to swim at a young age.
- Use a child safety alarm band. Safety alarm bands should not be used as a substitute for adult supervision.
- Teach your children about pool safety (i.e. no running, keep clear of pool drains).
- Learn how to perform CPR on children (and adults).
- If a child is missing from the pool area, check the water first.
- If possible, empty the pool when not in use. Small kiddie type pools should always be emptied when not in use.
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Pool Safety Tips for Adults
- Learn how to swim.
- Practice water safety skills year-round.
- Know how to perform CPR on children and adults.
- Don't swim while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Never swim alone.
- Don't sit in a pool or spa when sleepy or drowsy.