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.