Pool and spa submersions and drownings happen very fast, especially when they involve children. A child can drown in the time it takes to answer your door or open a letter. As a parent you need to be alert to the dangers of drownings, non-fatal submersion injuries and drain entrapments. You also need to learn how to prevent them.
While swimming pools and spas are great places for family fun we need to remember to keep everyone safe. To improve pool and spa safety, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) launched Pool Safely: Simple Steps to Save Lives, a national public education campaign to reduce childhood drownings, non-fatal submersion injuries and entrapments.
The campaign is a call-to-action for consumers and industry to adopt additional, proven water safety steps and join a national conversation about pool and spa safety by sharing best practices and other life-saving information. Take a few moments and read these guides.
Staying Safe Guides from the From CPSC Pool Safely Program
Staying Safe in Residential Pools
Adding as many water safety steps as possible is the best way to assure a safe and fun experience in a residential swimming pool or spa. Parents and families can build on their current safety practices by adopting water safety steps at home pools and spas.
Drownings are a preventable cause of death and injury for children. By putting proven safety behaviors and systems into practice, you and your family will be much more secure in and around public and residential pools.
CPSC recommends that you create a pool safety toolkit to have near your pool or spa to ensure that if the worst happens, you are ready to respond.
What should be in a pool safety toolkit for your home pool or spa?
- A first aid kit
- A pair of scissors to cut hair, clothing or a pool cover, if needed
- A charged portable telephone to call 911
- A flotation device
These are safety steps you can adopt at your residential pool or spa:
- Always watch your children when they are in or near a pool or spa
- Teach children basic water safety tips
- Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments
- Have a portable telephone close by at all times when you or your family are using a pool or spa
- If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
- Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors
- Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim
- Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly
- Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency
- Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
- Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
- If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing pools or spas.
- Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water
- Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers, and ask your pool service provider if you do not know
- Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order
- Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm
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Staying Safe at Community Pools
Many families visit indoor and outdoor public pools and spas during the summer swimming season and year-round. Public pool and spa owners and operators should follow local, state and federal regulations to ensure the safety of their facilities.
By checking to see if a public pool or spa is using appropriate water safety practices, you can further assure the safety of you, your family and your community. These are helpful questions to ask when you and your family visit a public pool or spa:
- Are there fences that limit access to the pool and spa?
- Has the pool or spa been inspected to ensure it is compliant with federal and local laws and regulations?
- Are the new safety drain covers being used in compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act?
- Do pool and spa pumps appear to be running?
- Is there life-saving equipment such as life rings and reaching poles available for use?
- Is there a lifeguard at the pool or spa to watch children and adults?
- Are you watching your own child or children when they’re in or around the water?
- Are there water safety rules posted in a visible area for adults and children to review?
- Is there sufficient staff to monitor the pool or spa when it’s in heavy use?
- Is there a charged phone close by at all times?
- Do you and your children know how to swim?
- Is the staff trained and certified in first aid and emergency response?
- Do you know how to perform CPR on children and adults? Are those skills updated regularly?
- Do you understand the basics of life-saving, so you can assist in a pool emergency?
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Swimtown Pool Supplies created an excellent infographic for Swimming Pool Safety. Please click the “Infographic” tab at the top of the page. After you look at the infographic please return to the top of the page and click the “ Video” tab to watch this terrific video on Swimming Safety For Kids produced by CBS New York, Saturday Morning.
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Please return to the top of the page and click the “Swimming Safety For Kids Video” tab to watch CBS New York, Saturday Morning’s terrific video on Swimming Safety For Kids.
CBS New York, Saturday Morning’s terrific video on Swimming Safety For Kids.