Pool Safety - Homeowner's Edition

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Nearly 70% of drowning accidents have tragically occurred in the absence of adult supervision. Supervision though, is only the first line of defense. Prepare yourself with our guide, and strongly encourage your family, friends, and even your neighbors, to follow our tips, for everyone’s safety.

Pool can only be used when adults can supervise. While we all want to trust everyone, below is an enforceable list:

  • High locks on the access doors to the pool area.

  • Alarms on every access point, including indoor and outdoor doors.

  • A locked fence separating the pool from your home and other yards.

  • Water-survival training for children as soon as they are capable of crawling or walking to the pool.

Pool safety specific tips:

  • Do not allow children to swim without supervision.

  • Do not place anything near the fence that can be used to climb over the fence.

  • Make sure the house doors do not open directly into the pool area. There should be a second self-locking gate installed prior to entering the direct pool area.

  • Store chemicals in a hard-to-reach area so they cannot be accessed or knocked over by children.

Pool safety equipment recommendations:

  • Non-climbable, self-locking fence that completely encloses the pool

  • Gates should have a childproof locking mechanism

  • Door alarms on all doors reachable by small children

  • Security cameras

  • Pool safety covers that do not retain water on the top side

  • Rescue equipment in the pool area

  • Secure drain covers and automatic drain suction shut-off devices

  • Nonskid surfaces on diving boards and immediate area surrounding

Swimming safety facts:

  • Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. In 2009, among children who died from an unintentional injury, more than 30% died from drowning.

  • For every drowning, there are 11 near-drowning incidents, many of which result in disabling brain damage.