To help support a very worthy effort we want to remind people what makes a safe backyard pool.
- A fence around the pool that is at least 4 feet high!
- A gate that closes automatically whenever someone enters or exits the pool.
- A latch that locks automatically and is out of reach of small children.
- Any doors that open onto the pool area has an alarm, buzzer, doorbell chime, anything that makes the homeowner aware that someone has entered the pool area.
- All non-swimmers wear a lifejacket, not floaties. Remember, anything you inflate can deflate.
- Take all toys out of the pool when you have finished swimming. Children see floating toys as an attractive nuisance and fall in when trying to reach them.
- Whenever kids are in the pool there is an adult watcher who is not talking, texting or playing on a cell phone.
- If you own a pool know CPR, if you don’t own a pool know CPR.
- Remind children of the #1 swimming pool rule – do not enter the pool unless an adult is present!
- Enroll your child in swim lessons.
Drowning is the leading cause of non-medical deaths among preschoolers. An average year sees 3,000 drowning in the United States. For every drowning there are 3 near drownings that are serious enough that an emergency room trip is warranted. Follow the above rules to keep your children safe and happy around the water.