Water Safety Tips

  • Constant supervision while your child is in or around the water. There is no substitution for constant eyes on around a lake, pond, ocean, bathtub, and bucket, toilet regardless of what skills your child has acquired or depth of the body of water.
  • Use of flotation devices provides a false sense of security to children and adults. Flotation devices could suddenly shift position, lose air, or slip out from underneath, leaving the child in a dangerous situation.
  • Learn CPR and insist that any caregiver learn CPR.
  • The home should be isolated from the pool with a fence at least 60” tall, with a self-closing, self-latching gate. The gate should open away from the pool, and should never be propped open.
  • Doors and windows should be alarmed to alert adults when opened. Doors should be self-closing and self-latching.
  • Keep a phone at poolside so that you never have to leave the pool to answer the phone, and can call for help if needed.
  • If a child is missing, always check the pool first. Seconds count.
  • Never leave furniture near the fence that would enable a child to climb over the fence. Keep toys away from the pool when it is not in use. Toys can attract young children into the pool.
  • Remove toys from in and around the pool when not in use.
  • Pool covers should always be completely removed prior to pool use.
  • Instruct babysitters about potential pool hazards, and emphasize the need for constant supervision.
  • Everyone in your family should know how to swim. This includes parents as well. If a child falls into a pool and you can’t swim, you cannot retrieve him.
  • Do not consider a child “drown proof “because they have had swim lessons.