Warm weather means fun in the sun! While there are many ways to take advantage of the sunshine, one of the most popular summertime activities is enjoying a day at the pool!
If you own a pool, it is critical to take steps to ensure the safety of everyone – particularly kids – in and around the water. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) suggests many steps, which range from installing fences to ensuring children know how to swim. When combined, these safety strategies help ensure everyone is protected in and out of the water!
- ALWAYS watch your children when they are in or near a pool or spa.
- Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings to avoid entrapments.
- Do not rely on pool toys (such as wings or noodles) to keep your kids safe. If your child cannot swim, fit them with an appropriate personal flotation device.
- Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.
- Learn how to preform CPR on both children and adults.
- Install a 5ft or taller fence around the pool and use self-closing and self-latching gates.
- Keep a first aid kit, flotation device, and a pair of scissors (in case you need to cut hair, clothing, or a pool cover) close to your pool.
- Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
- Keep your pool in good condition! If you notice defects, have them repaired or replaced.