When temperatures begin to rise, swimming pools, spas and lakes are a great way for friends and families to have fun in the sun. Unfortunately, drowning is the second leading cause of death in children 14 years of age and younger. Even for older teens and adults, there are important tips for staying safe in and around pools, spas and lakes.
Ensure Safety In and Around Water
Never leave children unattended - not even for a moment (this includes bathtubs).
Always watch children when they are swimming
(don′t allow yourself to become distracted).
Require children who cannot swim well to wear a properly fitting life jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Check and know the depth and bottom of the swimming area before diving into the water.
Always swim with a buddy and have frequent buddy checks.
Don′t allow children to run around the pool deck.
Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings.
If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first.
Have a telephone close by in case of emergency.
Use sunscreen even on cloudy days and reapply as needed.
Learn and Practice Water Safety Skills
Learn how to swim.
Teach children how to swim.
Take CPR, first aid and emergency response skills.
Appropriately Equip Your Pool or Spa
Fence the perimeter of your pool or spa (should be four feet or taller).
Install and use self-closing and self-latching gates.
Use lockable pool and spa covers.
Install alarms and guards in doors and windows that have direct access to the pool.
Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children are near the water.