Pool Safety and tips



  • Instruct baby-sitters about potential pool hazards to young children and about the use of protective devices, such as door alarm and latches. Emphasize the need for constant oversight!  There is NO SUBSTITUTE for adult supervision!
  • Never leave a child unsupervised near a pool!!! During social gatherings at or near a pool, appoint a “designated watcher” to protect young children from pool accidents.  Adults may take turns being the “watcher.”  Otherwise, adults may become preoccupied and assume someone else is watching the children.
  • If a child is missing, check the pool first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.  Go to the edge of the pool and scan the entire pool, bottom and surface, as well as the pool area.
  • Do not allow a young child in the pool without an adult.
  • Do not consider young children to be drown-proof because they have had swimming lessons or are wearing a life jacket.
  • Do not use flotation devices, such as water wings, as a substitute for supervision.
  • Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Baby-sitters and other caretakers, such as grandparents and older sibling, should also know CPR.
  • Keep rescue equipment by the pool Be sure a telephone is poolside with emergency numbers posted nearby.
  • Remove toys from in and around the pool when it is not in use. Toys can attract young children to the pool.
  • Never prop open the gate to a pool.
  • Keep CD players, radios and other electrical devices away from pools or nearby wet surfaces.
  • Stay out of the pool during rain storms, thunder or lightning.
  • No glass of any kind in the pool area.
  • No running, pushing, wrestling or disturbance in the pool area.
  • No chewing gum permitted in the pool area (Red Cross safety suggestion for the prevention of choking).                                                         
  • Don’t let long hair get near a pool outlet (skimmer box). The suction can cause hair or body entrapment and drowning.
  • Have a First Aid kit at poolside.
  • Learn how to swim, and Never allow children to swim alone.
  • Always check the water depth before entering.
  • No jumping or diving in the shallow area of the pool.
  • Don’t allow children to “play” as though they are drowning – a false alarm might delay a rescue in the event of a real emergency.
  • When diving, always enter the water with your arms extended firmly overhead and keep your hands together to protect your head. Diving into shallow water can result in cervical spine injuries causing permanent paralysis.  Never dive into an above-ground pool.
  • Isolate the pool from all sides with a fence and make sure gates are self-closing and self latching!! Keep keys to doors and gates out of reach of children.
  • Avoid the use of alcohol or other drugs around water.
  • Support legislation for perimeter fencing and safety pool covers.


67% of all drowning occur in backyard pools, spas and hot tubs, 33% in lakes & ponds, bathtubs, toilet bowls.

The majority of drowning incidents occur while the child caretaker assumed the child was safely indoors.

25% of all drowning victims have had swimming lessons.

A child can drown in less time than it takes to answer the telephone.  Irreversible brain damage occurs in 3 to 5 minutes.

A child can drown in as little as 2 to 3 inches of water.