Learn the ABCs of WATER SAFETY!
- Supervise children and adults around all water. The caregiver should be sober and know how to swim.
- Never leave your child unattended in or near a swimming pool, hot tub, spa, not even for a second.
- Keep toys, tricycles, and other children’s play things away from the pool or spa.
- Don’t consider your children to be “drownproof” because they have taken swimming lessons.
- Don’t allow barriers, such as fences or walls, give you a false sense of security regarding your child’s safety. There is No substitute for adult supervision.
- Block children from unexpectedly getting into water. Make sure drain covers meet standards.
- Make sure your pool and/or spa has an effective barrier, such as a fence to help guard against unauthorized access.
- Your pool or spa should have a barrier regardless of whether they are covered.
- Door and windows leading to the pool areas should be locked.
- Fence gates should have self-closing, self-latching mechanisms. Latches need to be out of reach of young children.
C=Coast-Guard Approved Life Vests and Classes
- Take classes to learn how to swim and be able to perform mouth-to-mouth CPR. Wear a life vest while learning to swim.
- Learn how to administer CPR, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and other lifesaving techniques. To administer CPR correctly you must be properly trained.
- Know how to contact your local emergency medical services. Install a phone or keep a cordless phone in the pool or spa area. Post the emergency number in an easy to see place.
- Learn to swim and teach age appropriate children to swim.
Other Pool Safety Tips
- Do not allow children to play in or around the pool area.
- Mount life saving devices near the pool.
- Keep tables, chairs and ladders away from pool fences.
- Check placement of doggie doors for direct access to pool area.
- Post your local emergency number on the phone. Think about installing a phone near the pool area.
If you find a child in any source of water…
- Yell for help and pull the child out of the water.
- Call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately!
- Begin CPR if you are trained.
- If you are not trained to administer CPR, follow the instructions from the 9-1-1 operator until help arrives.
Adult supervision is the best approach in the prevention of drowning.