Supervision is key word when it comes to pool safety. But it's not the only line of defense against a swimmer being hurt in the pool. Encourage your neighbors, family, friends and baby-sitters to follow these swimming and pool safety tips.
Keep the pool off-limits unless adults are available to supervise. Be sure to include:
- High locks on the access doors to the pool area.
- Alarms on the access doors.
- A locked fence separating the pool from your home and other yards.
- Water-survival training for children as soon as they are capable of crawling or walking to the pool.
Be sure to follow these pool safety tips, too:
- Do not allow children to swim without supervision.
- Do not place anything near the fence that can be used to climb over the fence.
- Make sure the house doors do not open directly into the pool area. There should be a second self-locking gate installed prior to entering the direct pool area.
- Store chemicals in a hard-to-reach area so they cannot be accessed or knocked over by children.
Pool safety equipment recommendations
- Non-climbable, self-locking fence that completely encloses the pool
- Gates should have a childproof locking mechanism
- Door alarms on all doors reachable by small children
- Security cameras
- Pool safety covers that do not retain water on the top side
- Rescue equipment in the pool area
- Secure drain covers and automatic drain suction shut-off devices
- Nonskid surfaces on diving boards and immediate area surrounding
Swimming safety facts
- Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. In 2009, among children who died from an unintentional injury, more than 30% died from drowning.1
- Drowning in private pools is also the 2nd leading cause of death in teenagers.
- For every drowning, there are 11 near-drowning incidents, many of which result in disabling brain damage.
- 69% of drowning incidents occurred when parental supervision was absent and the pool was easily accessible. Supervision is always the primary layer of protection.