In Texas, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under the age of 14.
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 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 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.
Swim Lessons and 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.
Poles, ring buoy, rescue tube, first aid kit, and cell phone.
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.