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Pool Safety Tips from www.PoolSafely.gov

 

  • Always watch children and never leave them unattended
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings
  • Have a charged phone close by at all times
  • If a child is missing, check the pool first
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors
  • Learn to swim and make sure kids do, too
  • Know how to perform CPR on children and adults
  • Understand the basics of life saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency
  • Install a fence of at least four feet in height around the perimeter of the pool or spa
  • Use self-closing and self-latching gates
  • Ensure all pools and spas have compliant drain covers
  • Keep pool and spa covers in working order
  • Have life-saving equipment such as life rings or reaching poles available for use
  • Empty and put away smaller portable pools after every use.
  • Once the pool is set up, ensure high levels of supervision.
  • Fence portable pools and encourage your neighbors to do the same.
  • Cover larger portable pools and put access ladders away when adults are not present.
  • Install alarms on doors leading from the house to the pool area that will alert you when someone enters the pool area.
  • Teach children to swim, float and other basic life-saving skills; do not consider young children “drown-proof” because they have had swimming lessons.
  • Make sure your neighbors, babysitters and visitors know about the pool’s presence in your yard.

 

For more tips on Pool Safety visit www.PoolSafely.gov

 

"Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives." Pool Safely. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), n.d. Web. 23 July 2014. <http://www.poolsafely.gov/>.