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A, B, C, and D's

A is for adult
B is for barrier
C is for classes
D is for drains
A A is for adult

Always have an adult with children around water.

Never let children be alone near a pool, ocean, lake, or river.

Adults must always have their eyes on children near and in the water. They shouldn’t talk on the phone, do yard work, or answer the front door.

They should also get towels and clothes ready before starting the bath.

B B is bor barrier

Have barriers to keep kids away from water dangers. There are many barriers that can help to keep you and other children safe!

    Here are some examples:
  • A fence that goes around your pool
  • A lock on the fence that only opens with a key that adults have
  • A lock on the doors of your house that only adults can reach
  • An alarm that beeps if doors or windows to the pool are open
  • An alarm that goes off when the surface of the water is disrupted by movement

Children should learn to not enter a pool area until an adult has opened the pool gate.

Barriers need to be inspected. That means checking the barrier to be sure nothing is rusting or falling apart and that all the gates and locks work correctly.

C C is for classes

Kids and adults should take safety classes. Classes like swimming and water safety for children, and CPR and First Aid for adults.

Families can also have their own safety classes. Have a phone by the pool and be sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1. Ask if you have neighbors that you can go to for help.

Talk about what other things you can do to be safe around the water.

D D is for drains

Teach all swimmers to stay away from all pool and spa drains.

Be sure each pool or spa you swim in has been inspected and is up to code.

Install emergency shutoff switches to shut off pumps.

If the drain cover becomes loose or falls off, shut down the pool immediately and no one should enter the pool area until it is repaired.

Know the regulations – federal and state for private and public pools.

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