For many kids, summer vacation means spending lots of time in the swimming pool. It’s a quintessential American summer experience.
Unfortunately, swimming pools can be dangerous places for children and adults alike. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 people die every day in unintentional drownings in the United States.
Most people are aware of the dangers of swimming pools, but not everyone is aware of simple precautions that can be taken to reduce the risk of swimming pool accidents.
Swimming Pool Safety Tips
Whether your child is spending time in your own swimming pool or in a friend or neighbor’s pool, here are some safety tips to keep in mind:
- Install pool fencing that meets specific measurement requirements in your area
- Consider installing door alarms, pool alarms, and pool covers
- Store rescue equipment close to the pool
- Keep area around the pool free from toys, which may attract young children to the area
- Keep area around the pool free from other objects, which may present a tripping hazard
- If your child is visiting a friend’s pool, make sure an adult is there to supervise
- Make sure young children are always supervised
- Enroll children in swimming lessons at an early age (infant swimming classes are available at many pools)
- Do not allow diving unless water is at least 9 feet deep, swimmers have been properly trained, and an adult is present
Swimming pool season can be safe and enjoyable. Implement these tips and communicate the importance of safe swimming with your family, friends, and neighbors.