It’s that time of year again! Although most of us love spending time by the pool enjoying our family and friends, it is imperative that we practice good water safety. Too many times we hear on the evening news about a child drowning or an accident around water. Here is a list of easy tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe this year:

1.) Constant supervision is a must – never leave a child unattended in or near a pool/spa. In fact, no one, not even adults should ever be left alone in a pool/spa.

2.) Teach children basis water safety tips – or better yet, teach them to swim as soon as possible. Drowning and close calls are eight times more likely to happen to a child who can not swim. Before a child or an adult enters the water, they should know how to swim. Although it’s no guarantee it will prevent an accident, it does help provide basic level of protection in the water.  

3.) Learn CPR. If you own a pool or spend a lot of time near the water, you should know CPR – it could save a life!

4.) Make sure pools/spas have secure fencing and gates. If you own a home with a pool, it is important you understand the city ordnance pertaining to pool codes and safety. Gates should always be self-closing and self-latching.

5.) There are a multitude of alarm systems on the market now which are reasonable in price. An alarm on the door or pool gate is a great idea to increase safety awareness.

6.) Have a telephone near by when you are out by the pool.

7.) Share the safety instructions with your family, friends and neighbors. Educating a child about the importance of water safety could be what saves their life!

8.) Have a designated “Life Guard” – elect someone to be responsible for watching over those in the pool or spa.

9.) Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapment.

10.) Get involved! Stay in tune with local pool safety campaigns and public service announcements. You can follow the Pool Safety Campaign on Twitter to learn more!

Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona: www.preventdrownings.org
The Drowning Prevention Coalition, a community based organization comprised of parents, health and safety professionals and business leaders, exists to provide a forum to prevent drowning and near drowning through the promotion of education, legislative action and enhanced product safety.