Drowning can be prevented. Contrary to what most people believe, drowning is a quick and silent killer. In the time it takes to get a towel (10 seconds), a child can become submerged. The majority of drownings occur in family pools. 

A is for Adult Supervision.

  • Remember the #1 Water Safety Rule: "Never ever swim alone!"

  • Always WATCH your swimmers, especially at a public pool!

  • Hire a certified lifeguard for pool parties whenever kids are present.

  • Tragedies often occur when a caregiver is at home and there is a lapse of supervision.

B is for Barriers.
For your pool.

  • The first line of defense is to install and use "Layers of Protection."

  • Perimeter fences must be non-climbable, four-sided, and a minimum of 60 inches high.

  • Isolation fences must separate the pool/spa from the residence with openings no more than 4 inches wide so children can't squeeze through the spaces. They must be non-climbable, four-sided, and a minimum of 48 inches high. 60 inches is recommended.

  • Gates must be kept closed and never propped open.

  • Doors, windows, and gates must be locked, self-closing, and self-latching.

  • Tables / chairs / planters must be moved away from the pool.

  • Floating toys, balls, and sinking toys left in the pool are enticing.

C is for Classes.
Swim Lessons and CPR.

  • Enroll your children in proven swimming lessons until they have mastered the 4 competitive strokes, treading water, sidestroke, and floating. Ask your friends for referrals.

  • CPR skills have saved lives and prevented brain damage until assistance arrived. All caregivers should be required to become CPR certified.

D is for Devices.
Poles, ring buoy, rescue tube, first aid kit, and cell phone.

  • Keep a cell phone by the pool whenever you are there.

  • Post 911 emergency number, home phone number, and address by a phone.

  • Purchase a lightening detector or get out of the water when threatening weather looms.