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.