Adding 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.