Pool Safety Rules Drowning is among the most significant accidents contributing to serious injury and death in children every year. Swimming pool accidents can occur quickly, without warning, so learning and practicing the following pool safety precautions is essential.
- Never allow children to swim alone without adult supervision, even if they have taken swimming lessons. And when children are in the pool, be observant and supervise all activities.
- Completely enclose your pool with removable pool safety fences that are at least four feet high. Install self-closing and self-latching gates, and position latches out of the reach of children.
- Position tables and chairs far away from the pool safety fence in order to prevent children from climbing into your pool area.
- Eliminate the temptation to leave children unattended when getting a phone call by keeping a telephone in the pool area. Keep emergency numbers near the poolside phone.
- At get-togethers designate someone as the pool watch guard, rotating so everyone has a good time.
- All children over the age of four should attend an accredited swimming class. If this isn’t possible, instruct them in basic flotation and life saving techniques.
- Start setting pool rules and referring to pool safety when kids are very young. Teach older kids the buddy system rule: Don’t go near the water by yourself.
- Do not leave the pool open. In order to prevent children from going into the pool area unattended, keep all doors and windows around the pool area secure.
- Install a security lock on doors into to the pool area.
- Be sure that the cover of the swimming pool is completely lifted off the pool. Never keep your cover partially open because children can become trapped under it. Also, make a point that children are not to walk close to the pool cover.
- Keep rescue equipment around the pool.
- Learn CPR.
- When not being used, remove steps or ladders.
- Keep electrical appliances away from the pool. Following these safety rules will help minimize the likelihood of injuries and drowning, and will ensure that swimming is a fun activity for the whole family.