If there is a way under or over the fence, a child will find it. Make sure your fence has no gaps for a child to slip through, or objects near that would allow a child to climb over

Your fence will have little effect unless you have a solid gate. The gate should be self-closing, self-latching, and should open out away from the pool.

Let the gate do its job. Don’t prop it open.

Don’t get caught in an emergency without rescue equipment. Keep a life buoy and shepherd’s crook at the pool side at all times

Drowning is a silent killer. You won’t be able to hear it happening. If you are supervising young swimmers, stay free of distractions. Don’t read, snooze, or talk on the phone. Give the children your undivided attention so you can respond in an emergency.

All children must learn to swim. For younger children they at least need to be able to get back to the wall if they fall in the pool. Formal swim lessons can reduce a child’s risk of drowning by 88%. Do you know your children’s prowess in the water? Could they save themselves if they accidentally fell in the pool?

Proper supervision is the most important facet of pool safety. But you have to know what proper supervision means. Every pool time must have an appointed adult Water Watcher committed to constantly watching young children. Even children who can swim are vulnerable to drowning. You must supervise with your eyes.

Surrounding your pool with a four-sided fence can decrease your child’s chance of drowning by 80%. It is an absolutely essential last line of defense protecting your children from accidental entry into the pool. Make sure it is at least 5 ft. tall and that the space between slats is no bigger than 4 in

When the pool is not in use, put out of sight toys or anything else that might entice a child to try to get into the pool area without supervision.”

Pool alarms are an additional way to let you know if someone has entered a pool by alerting you if they detect waves

Arm floaties can slip off or deflate, and should not be trusted as a flotation device for a child

While they can’t replace vigilant supervision, life jackets do add a layer of protection for children who can’t swim. However, make sure they fit properly and are U.S. Coast Guard approved

Pool Safety Map

A swimming pool can bring wonderful experiences to your family. But it can also be the scene of a tragedy if parents aren’t vigilant and informed about how to keep their children safe.

The good news is that simple steps can prevent pool drownings. There is no single easy fix. But putting up multiple layers of protection has proven to significantly reduce the risk of drowning among children.

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