NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN ALONE IN,
OR NEAR A POOL, EVEN FOR A MOMENT!
- Make sure adults watching young children in the pool know CPR and can rescue a child. At the very least, make sure a phone is close by and emergency numbers are known. Children between the ages of 1 and 4 have the highest likelihood of accidental drowning, however, any age group is at risk.
- Keep rescue equipment close to pool — ring buoys and reaching poles etc.
- Surround your pool on all sides with a fence — check with your town by-laws regarding pool fencing.
- Watch out for slippery decks.
- Don’t drink and swim. Alcohol influences your judgement. This and other negative effects of alcohol are only heightened with sun exposure and heat.
- Create your list of rules and make sure everyone in your pool uses them. For example: no running, no pushing, etc.
- Let everyone know who is using your pool where you can and cannot dive and where the shallow end starts and include the transition slope up to the shallow end from the deep end.
Safe Fun in the Sun
- Babies under 6 months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight.
- Dress babies in lightweight clothing that covers the arms and legs and use brimmed hats.
- Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside and use it even on cloudy days. Sunscreen is not just for the kids; everyone should wear sunscreen.