39 Summer Safety Tips

FUN IN THE SUN

POOL SAFETY

  • Never leave children alone in or near the pool, even for a moment.
  • Make sure adults are trained in life-saving techniques and CPR so they can rescue a child if necessary.
  • Surround your pool on all four sides with a sturdy five-foot fence.
  • Make sure the gates self-close and self-latch at a height children can't reach.
  • Keep rescue equipment (a shepherd's hook -- a long pole with a hook on the end -- and life preserver) and a portable telephone near the pool.
  • Avoid inflatable swimming aids, such as "floaties." They are not a substitute for approved life vests and can give children a false sense of security.
  • Children are not developmentally ready for swimming lessons until after their fourth birthday. Swim programs for children under four should not be seen as a way to decrease the risk of drowning.
  • Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arm's length, providing "touch supervision."
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