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Have family rules for your pool, ensure everyone knows them, and restate them often
Keep children away from the filter inlet, which can be hazardous to young children by drawing them underwater
Teach your children to swim and encourage them to wear protective floatation devices, but never rely solely on floatation devices or swimming lessons to protect your child
Outline the importance of pool safety for babysitters and other guardians
Install fencing to keep people out of the pool area without your knowledge. Most communities require fencing at least four feet high around all sides of the pool. Determine specific regulations for your area.
Evacuate the pool in the rain or an electrical storm
DON’T: swim alone
DON’T: leave children unattended, even for a minute, in or near the pool area for any reason. 70% of drowning victims were out of sight for less than five minutes
DON’T: allow adults who have been drinking alcohol into the pool area. Alcohol and swimming don’t mix.
DON’T: allow glass or sharp, breakable items in the pool area
DON’T: allow running, diving, pushing or dunking in your pool
Pool safety checklist
Have a cell phone in the pool area and post 9-1-1 and other emergency numbers nearby
Collect all toys from the pool at end of each day so that children don’t wander after them
Make sure at least one adult supervisor in the pool area knows CPR
Remove vegetation, tables, chairs and toys so that children cannot move next to a fence to climb into a pool areaWhen leaving the pool area, make sure all gates, safety covers and alarms are working properly