ABCDs Of Water Safety

A Is For Adult Supervision

  • Remember the #1 Water Safety Rule: "Never 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 Pool Barriers

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

  • Perimeter fences must be non-climbable, four-sided, and a up to 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 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 can enticing to children.

C Is For Classes & CPR

  • Swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by up to 88% according to the CDC.

  • Enroll your children in swimming lessons until they have mastered the four competitive strokes, treading water, sidestroke, and floating. .

  • CPR skills can save lives and prevent brain damage until assistance arrives.

  • All caregivers should be required to become CPR certified.

D Is For Devices and Drains
Reaching pole, ring buoy, rescue tubes, first aid kit, and cell phone. Stay away from Drains.

  • Keep a cell phone by the pool for emergencies

  • Post 911 emergency number, home phone number, and address on phones near the pool.

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

  • Teach children to stay away from drains. Know how to shut off the pool pump. Tie back hair and avoid swim suits with strings that can cause a drain entrapment.

In Texas, drowning is the number one cause of unintentional injury related death for ages 1-4 and a second leading cause of death for children under the age of 14.