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A swimming pool in the yard can be very dangerous for children. Use the tips below to keep your water activities safe.

Water Safety Tips

  • Learn CPR.
  • Make sure your baby-sitter knows CPR.
  • Teach your children to swim.
  • Never leave young children unattended, even for a minute, in a bathtub, swimming pool, lake, ocean, or stream.
    • If you must leave the pool area because of doorbells, phone calls, chores or conversations, take the child with you, and make sure the pool gate latches securely when it closes.
  • Fence all home pools and keep the gate closed and locked.
  • Remove all toys, tricycles from the vicinity of the pool.
  • Always wear life preservers when boating.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol when swimming or boating.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Teach your children good pool or spa safety habits.
  • Never dive into water unless you know beforehand how deep it is.
  • Know your limits.
    • Do not over-exert yourself.
  • Avoid standing on wet surfaces or being in water during a lightening storm.
  • Keep lifesaving equipment, such as a pole, life preserver and rope – in the pool area.
  • Stay out of strong currents.
  • Do not overload your boat.
    • If your boat turns over, stay with the boat until help arrives.
  • Encourage your neighbors to follow pool safety guidelines.
  • Teach your children the most effective way to get out of the pool or spa quickly.
  • Do not allow glass in the pool or spa area.

Keeping Children Safe In, On, and Around the Water

  • Watch children around any water environment no matter what skills your child has acquired and no matter how shallow the water.
    • It is important to keep a close watch on children when they are near pools, streams, lakes, bath tubs, toilets, and bucket of waters.
    • For younger children, practice “Reach Supervision” by staying within an arm’s length reach.
  • Don’t rely on flotation devices and inflatable toys.
    • The use of flotation devices and inflatable toys cannot replace parental supervision.
    • Toys and flotation devices could suddenly shift position, lose air, or slip out from underneath, leaving the child in a dangerous situation.
  • Lifeguards should be required at all outside facilities.
    • Inquire with the proper personnel to encourage lifeguard safety.
  • Enroll children in a water safety course or a Learn-to-Swim class.
    • These courses encourage safe practices and provide refresher courses for children who already know how to swim.
  • Parents should take a CPR course.
    • Knowing CPR can be life-saving if a child is involved in a water accident.