Adding as many water safety steps as possible is the best way to assure a safe and fun experience in a residential swimming pool or spa. Parents and families can build on their current safety practices by adopting water safety steps at home pools and spas.
These are safety steps you can adopt at your residential pool or spa:
- 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 or spa
- If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa 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 on your spa.
- 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 and spa you use has compliant drain covers, and ask your pool service provider if you do not know
- Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order
- Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm
Please, be aware of common issues that you should always think about ”Before” you place any type of pool in your backyard. A good example would be any above ground pool below 4 ½ feet in depth is EASY ACCESS for a toddler. This is a very big mistake especially since most of these pools don’t even have locking ladders or a lawn chair can be placed next to it for a child to climb and get into the pool without a blink of the eye!
Don’t put yourself in this position and don’t make it an easy access to get into the pool for any children without adult supervision.
In Ground Pools should ALWAYS be fenced separately from the rest of the yard with a lock and or alarm. They are easy targets since they are ground level for a child to get to.
Be safe not regretful for the “what I should have and could have done”!
For more information visit http://www.poolsafely.gov/