Water Safety Tips

Layers of Protection…Safety First!

Here is a list of simple layers of protections to prevent drowning and water-related injury:

Water Safety Tips

  • Educate children and adults about water safety.

  • Never leave a child unattended near water in a pool, tub, bucket or ocean. There is no substitute for adult supervision.

  • Teach kids survival swimming skills.

  • Kids that are not strong swimmers should wear US Coast Guard-approved, well-fitting life jackets. (Be aware they don’t make your child drown-proof — still keep constant watch.)

  • Set water safety rules for the whole family — for example, kids should never swim alone, inexperienced swimmers should stay in water less than chest deep, don’t dive into water less than 9 feet deep, stay away from pool drains, pipes and other openings, etc.

  • Swim near a lifeguard whenever possible and only swim in designated swimming areas.

  • Make sure kids have constant supervision when they’re in or around water. Designate at least one adult “water watcher” at all times. If you’re with a group, have adults take turns.

  • The home should be isolated from the pool with a fence at least 60 inches tall, with a self-closing, self-latching gate. The gate should open away from the pool, and should never be propped open.

  • Doors and windows should be alarmed to alert adults when opened. Doors should be self-closing and self-latching.

  • Power-operated pool safety covers are the most convenient and efficient. Solar or floating pool covers are not safety devices.

  • Keep a phone at poolside so that you never have to leave the pool to answer the phone and can call for help if needed.

  • Learn CPR and rescue breathing.

  • Keep a life-saving ring, shepherd’s hook and CPR instructions mounted at poolside.

  • Only use proper and approved floatation devices. Do not confuse proper and approved floatation devices with toys.

  • Do not use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.

  • Never leave water in buckets or wading pools.

  • If a child is missing, always check the pool first.

  • Remove toys from in and around the pool when not in use.

  • Don’t use floating chlorine dispensers that look like toys.

  • Instruct babysitters about potential pool hazards, and emphasize the need for constant supervision.

  • Responsibilities of pool ownership include ensuring children in the home learn to swim and that adults know CPR.

  • Swimming lessons and life jackets do not replace supervision. Always watch kids in and around water.

  • Ensure pools and spas have compliant drain covers, and are kept in working order.