69% of young children who drown were not expected to be in or near water – learn how to reduce the risks.69% of young children who drown were not expected to be in or near water – learn how to reduce the risks.
Top Things to Know
Secure your pool with appropriate barriers.
Designate a water watcher…and stay in arm’s reach of young children.
Install anti-entrapment drain covers and safety release systems to protect against drain entrapment.
If a child is missing, check the water first.
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Secure Your Pool When Not in Use
Completely surround your pool with four-sided isolation fencing with a self-closing and self-latching gate that is out of the reach of a child.
A four-sided isolation fence (separating the pool area from the house and yard) reduces a child’s risk of drowning 83% compared to three-sided property-line fencing.
For above-ground pools, secure, lock or remove steps, ladders and anything that can be used for access (such as outdoor furniture and toys) whenever the pool is not being actively supervised by an adult.
Install a secondary barrier, such as:
Door alarms and locks that are out of the reach of a child on all doors and windows with direct access to the pool or spa area
For further details, consult the pool barrierguidelines issued by The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Establish and Enforce Rules and Safe Behaviors
Do not enter head first unless in a pool that has a safe diving area.
Stay away from drains and other openings that cause suction.
Swim with a buddy.
Only swim when supervised by a water watcher.
Supervise others sober and without distractions, such as reading or talking on or using a cell phone.
Take These Water Safety Steps
Employ layers of protection including barriers to prevent access to water, life jackets, and close supervision of children to prevent drowning.
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