Being a big kid in the water means splashing around, playing games, using fun water toys and even learning how to swim for the first time. Learn how to make your pool or spa a safe place for kids.
Make sure your home pool or spa has a proper drain cover or shut-off function to prevent long hair, loose clothing or body parts from getting trapped.
Every child is different, so enroll your child in swimming lessons when you feel he or she is ready. Teach children how to tread water and float.
Teach kids never to go near or in water without an adult present. Remember that things such as water wings, noodles and other items can create a false sense of security for children and should not be used in place of life jackets.
Whether you’re swimming in a backyard pool or in a lake, teach children to swim with a partner, every time. Do not allow children to swim alone.
Install a door alarm, a window alarm or both to alert you if a child wanders into the pool area unsupervised.
Regardless of your child’s age and maturity level, always stay alert at public pools. Don’t assume someone else is watching your child. Here are a few more water safety tips around public pools, in the ocean, at lakes or other bodies of water.
Install and use barriers around your home pool or hot tub. Safety covers and pool alarms should be added as additional layers of protection.
Ensure that pool barriers enclose the entire pool area, are at least 4-feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward, and away from the pool. The latch should be high enough to be out of a small child’s reach.
If you have an above-ground or inflatable pool, remove access ladders and secure the safety cover whenever the pool is not in use.
Remove any structures that provide access to the pool, such as outdoor furniture, climbable trees, decorative walls and playground equipment.
Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool.