Staying Safe and Cool: Swimming Pool Safety
As Memorial Day passes and the last day of school approaches, summer is just around the corner. If you have a pool or plan to visit one, please check out our swimming pool safety tips. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children between ages 1 and 4, and knowing what to do in case of an emergency could be the difference between life and death.
Here are important things to remember before you jump in:
- Never leave children unsupervised. Most drowning accidents occur during a short lapse in adult supervision.
- If you're swimming at a public pool, swim only when a lifeguard is on duty.
- Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings to prevent them from being trapped.
- Make sure pools are enclosed on all sides with a self-locking, self-closing fence.
- Avoid horseplay and running near the pool.
- Never dive in shallow water—only dive where water is 6 feet deep or more and there are signs saying diving is permitted.
- Always keep a pool safety equipment toolkit nearby. This includes: a cell phone, a first aid kit, scissors to cut trapped hair/clothing, flotation devices, a pole, and rope. Make sure everyone using the pool knows how to use this equipment.
- Prepare all guardians and caretakers for an emergency by making sure they are CPR certified, have a phone nearby, and know how to call 9-1-1.
And remember, if a child is missing, always check the pool first—seconds count in a drowning emergency.