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Home Swimming Pool Safety

Drowning claims the lives of nearly 3,000 people every year. Although all age groups are represented, children four years old and younger have the highest death rate due to drowning.

Pool Safety
  • Install barriers around your home swimming pool, including a fence with narrowly-spaced slats.
  • Gates should be self-latching, and no child should be able to reach the latch.
  • For above ground pools, secure and lock steps and ladders.swimming pool
  • Install door and pool alarms.
  • Never leave a child alone near the water.
  • Have a cordless phone, emergency numbers, a first aid kit and rescue equipment near the pool.
  • Don’t change a baby’s diaper near the pool, and put swim diapers on babies and toddlers. Contaminated pool water can make people sick.
  • Enroll children over the age of three in swimming lessons taught by qualified instructors, but keep in mind lessons do not make your child “drown-proof.”
Swimming pool rules for kids
  • No running near the pool.
  • Don’t push or jump on others in the water.
  • Don’t dive or jump into shallow water.
  • Always swim with a buddy.
  • If you see storm clouds or hear thunder, get out of the pool immediately.