Drowning accidents are the leading cause of injury/deaths among children under five. More than 80 percent of the drownings occur in residential backyard pools or spas. It can happen quickly, always without warning, without a splash, and without a cry for help. To help avoid such a tragedy, please read the following pool safety tips. Secure Pool Area: A fence or barrier completely surrounding the pool can prevent many drowning accidents. Most children who drown or nearly drown were last seen in the yard, porch, or patio prior to the accident. Although a fence separating the pool and spa is the single most effective barrier for preventing childhood drownings, no one method alone is totally effective in preventing drowning accidents. Pool owners can take practical steps to make their pools and spas less dangerous by installing "layers of protection".

Some rules to help you protect your loved ones

Swimming pool safety tips

  • 1. Swimming Pool surround Fencing
    Pools should be fenced from the rest of the house. Fences should be at least five feet high.
  • 2. Areas near swimming pool fencing
    The area adjacent to the outside of the fence must be free of objects which may aid children in climbing over the fence. These include items such as chairs, tables, tree branches, etc.
  • 3. Swimming pool fencing gates.
    Gates should be self-closing and self-latching, opening outward away from pool.
  • 4. Entry points to swimming pool area.
    All doors and windows leading to the pool should always be secured and locked at all times.
  • 5. Additional safety precautions.
    Additional "layers of protection" include safety covers, alarms on doors and motion-detection devices.
  • 6. Supervision.
    Remember pool covers, gates and other layers of protection do not replace adult supervision.
  • 7. Assign a watcher.
    Assign an adult Water Watcher to supervise the swimming pool, especially during social gatherings.

Effective supervisions

  • 1. Always have an adult present
    Never allow young children to be left alone in and around the swimming pool for a moment. Make sure an adult is always present.
  • 2. make everyone aware
    Babysitters and guardians should always be instructed about potential hazards in and around the swimming pool.
  • 3. Swimming lessons and flotation devices.
    Never rely on flotation devices or swimming lessons to protect a child. Twenty-five percent of all drowning victims have had swimming lessons.
  • 4. Lifesaving flotation devices.
    Mount flotation devices designed for lifesaving near the pool. Many float-type toys are thought to be lifesavers. They are not! They are only toys and should be used only as toys.
  • 5. Take headcounts
    Look in the swimming pool area first if a child is missing.
  • 6. Some other safety precautions.
    Never keep toys around or in a swimming pool.
  • 7. Lifesaving training.
    All adults, children and babysitters should learn and practice CPR.
  • 8. Emergency contact info
    Keep a telephone outside the swimming pool area. Post the 9-1-1 emergency number on the telephone.