Pool Safety for Kids

Summertime can mean big family fun at the pool, but without proper precautions, it can also mean big danger.

Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death for children ages 1-4, so water safety is no small matter. Here are some tips from safekids.org and poolsafely.gov to keep your family safe in the water this summer:

  • Actively supervise children in and around open bodies of water, giving them your undivided attention.
  • Learn CPR. Local hospitals, fire departments and recreation departments offer CPR training.
  • Educate your children about the dangers of drain entanglement and entrapment and teach them to never play or swim near drains or suction outlets.
  • If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool first.
  • For residential pools, install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates.
  • Every child is different, so enroll children in swimming lessons when you feel they are ready. Teach children how to tread water, float and stay by the shore.
  • Make sure kids swim only in areas designated for swimming. Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool. They need to be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather.