Tips for keeping kids safe around pools from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- Never leave your children alone in or near the pool, even for a moment.
- You must put up a fence to separate your house from the pool. Most young children who drown in pools wander out of the house and fall into the pool. Install a fence at least 4 feet high surrounding your entire pool. This fence will completely separate the pool from the house and play area of the yard. Use gates that are self-closing and self-latching, with latches higher than your childrens' reach.
- A power safety cover that meets the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) adds to the protection of your children but should not be used in place of the fence between your house and the pool. ACCORDING TO THE United StatesConsumer Product Safety Commission THERE IS NO SCIENTIFIC PROOF THAT POOL COVERS PREVENT CHILDREN FROM DROWNING .
- Keep rescue equipment (such as a shepherd's hook or life preserver) and a telephone by the pool.
- Do not let your child use air-filled "swimming aids" as they are not a substitute for approved life vests and may be dangerous.
- Anyone watching young children around a pool should learn CPR and be able to rescue a child, if needed. Stay within an arm's length of your child.
- All toys should be removed from the pool after use. Toys, in the pool, are a temptation to children. After the children are done swimming, lock the pool gate so they can't get back in to the pool area.
Remember, teaching your child how to swim
does not mean
your child is safe in water.
Use common sense -- and pool fencing -- to protect kids