Pool Safety Tips - To Prevent Drowning
Child drownings are a top cause of preventable death for Arizona children.  Most drownings involve children between ages 2 and 5, and occur in a backyard pool.  Drownings are LIGHTNING FAST and SILENT.  

The most important things you do to stop a drowning is think safe around water and practice the ABC’s of Water Safety.  It’s really pretty simple.  
ABCs of Water Safety

A - Adult Supervision

A sober adult must always be with children around water.  The adult must watch swimmers with their eyes and not be doing anything else!  They shouldn’t be reading, talking on the phone, or doing chores like yard work or washing the car.

B - Barriers
ABCs of Water Safety

A barrier is something that keeps you away from danger.  A few examples of barriers around water are a locked fence around a pool or a closed lid on a toilet or a closed door leading to the bathroom.  A pool fence with a broken gate is not a barrier.   An open bathroom door is not a barrier because a small child could get into the full bathtub.

C- Coast Guard Approved Life Vests & Classes 
ABCs of Water Safety

Anyone who does not know how to swim must wear a Coast Guard approved life vest.  Floaties are toys and do not count as a life vest.  Everyone should take swimming lessons to learn how to swim! Older kids and adults should take CPR classes so they know what to do in case of an emergency. 

It is important to be a good example for water safety.  You can help prevent a drowning by thinking safe around water – have an ADULT water watcher, have a BARRIER around water, wear a COAST GUARD APPROVED LIFE VEST and take CLASSES.

Want to learn more about child drownings, or get involved in the effort to keep children safe in your community?  Contact the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Central Arizona’s today!

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.