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Pool Safety Tips

 
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Block

  • 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.

Watch

  • 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.

Learn

  • 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 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.