Swimming Pool Safety
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 300 children under the age of five drown every year in home and public pools and spas. Whether you’re enjoying a recreational swim or playing water sports, you need to know how to be safe in, on and around the water.
You should never leave children unattended near the water, not even for a moment. Practice reach supervision—being within an arm’s length when the child is near the water. Even older children need supervision and should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices when they’re in or around the water.
Make sure the proper lifesaving gear is handy, such as ring buoys, life jackets, rope, a pole or another object that can be used if someone is in trouble in the water. A first aid kit, cordless phone and emergency contact information should also be kept near the pool.
The American Red Cross and National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF) have developed an online safety course for pool and hot tub owners. Home Pool Essentials helps you understand the risks of pool ownership, teaching you how to maintain a safer and cleaner pool, what safety equipment is appropriate, how to prevent pool and hot tub entrapment hazards, and how to respond to an emergency.
So, whether it’s perfecting your breast stroke or just playing with the kids, follow these steps to be safe around the pool this summer. If you want to learn more, visit the water safety section of redcross.org.