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.
- 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.
- 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.