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Swimming Safety and Pool Security

Many drowning incidents involve swimming pools and spas. Drowning is a silent and sudden event. Nationwide, 300 children under the age of five die each year in swimming pools and 2000 more are taken to emergency rooms with pool-related injuries. Adopt the following guidelines to help keep your pool area safe.

  • Always practice constant adult supervision around any body of water. Older children should not be left in charge of younger children in the pool area.
  • Install four-sided fencing that isolates the pool from the home. Four-sided pool fencing is proven to be an effective drowning prevention intervention.
  • Position gate latches out of the reach of young children.
  • Never prop the gate open or disable the latch.
  • Clear debris, clutter and pool toys from the pool deck and adjoining pathways to prevent falls.
  • Keep a cell phone or cordless, water resistant telephone in the pool area and post emergency numbers near the pool area.
  • Enroll non-swimmers in swimming lessons taught by a qualified instructor. Pediatricians recommend that children ages 5 and older learn how to swim.
  • Knowing how to swim does not make a child drown-proof. Flotation devices are not a substitute for supervision.
  • Never swim alone. Even adults should always swim with a buddy.
  • Learn and practice the basic lifesaving techniques, including First Aid and CPR.
  • Insist that anyone who cares for your children learn CPR.
  • Keep poolside rescue equipment close to the pool area.
  • Remove toys from around the pool when they are not in use.
  • Instruct babysitters and visitors about the "rules of the pool."

Download our water safety tips (PDF).