Staying Safe in Your Pool

watersafety-200x167Adding as many water safety steps as possible is the best way to assure a safe and fun experience in your swimming pool. Parents and families can build on their current safety practices by adopting water safety steps at home. These simple steps could save a life of someone you love!

These are safety steps you can adopt at your pool:

  • Always watch your children when they are in or near a pool or spa
  • Teach children basic water safety tips
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments
  • Have a portable telephone close by at all times when you or your family are using a pool
  • If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool first
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors
  • Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim
  • Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly
  • Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency
  • Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
  • Install and use a lockable safety cover.
  • If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing pools or spas.
  • Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water
  • Ensure any pool you use has compliant drain covers, and ask your pool service provider if you do not know
  • Maintain pool covers in good working order
  • Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm
  • Check your local regulations to see if some of these items are required by law.
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