Have barriers to ensure children do not enter the pool/pool area unexpectedly. Ensure everyone in the home knows how to swim well by enrolling them in age-appropriate water orientation and learn-to-swim courses. And, always supervise!
- Secure your pool with appropriate barriers.
- Place a safety cover on the pool or hot tub when it is not in use
- Remove any steps used for access. Consider installing a pool alarm which will alarm you if anyone enters the pool.
- Install a pool alarm
- Stay in arm’s reach of young kids.
- Never assume that someone else is watching your child
- Designate a responsible person to watch the water when people are in the pool.
- Do not allow anyone to swim alone.
- Have young or inexperienced swimmers wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
Keep your pool or hot tub water clean and clear. Maintain proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration. Regularly test and adjust the chemical levels to minimize the risk of earaches, rashes or more serious diseases.
Ensure everyone in the home knows how to respond to aquatic emergencies by having appropriate safety equipment and taking water safety, first aid and CPR courses.