You Can Help Save 300 Children’s Lives This Summer
Did you know that approximately 300 children under the age of 5 drown in pools every year? These deaths are preventable!
- Swim Sober. Alcohol impairs your swimming and diving abilities as well as coordination, balance and your pool judgement also.
- Swim with a friend – never swim alone. What if you got a cramp and couldn’t get out of the pool or even to the side?
- If you or your children do not know how to swim, wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket.
- Appropriate safety devices should be available for any swimmer at all times the pool is open. A grab pole and/or a flotation ring, a fully charged phone and a first aid kit are the bare necessities for pool safety devices.
- Obey the lifeguard at all times! He/She is a trained professional and knows the rules of safe swimming.
- Watch your children (even teenagers) in the pool area at all times.
- Ensure that your children know the pool rules.
- Stay alert to any potential trouble.
- Make sure the area has isolation fencing. This is fencing that is at least 4 feet high and encloses the pool area totally and separately from the rest of the area around it. Association/Community pools require a 6 foot fence.
Rules and Signs
- Pool Rules should be posted in a highly visible spot when the pool is open.
- Post a sign that has CPR procedures illustrated. If needed, this helps save a life and prevents panic when the procedure needs to be initiated.
- A sign with general first aid procedures available for reference is not required but is recommended.
Safe swimming saves lives!