- Never leave your child alone or out of sight while he/she is in or near a pool.
- Children under the age of three should be kept within arm’s reach of an adult while in the pool.
- Keep a phone poolside so you won’t have to leave children unsupervised to make or answer a call.
- Always use approved personal flotation devices, rather than inflatable toys, to keep your child afloat.
- Do not consider children “drown proof” because they have had swimming lessons.
- Prohibit diving in shallow water and in all above ground pools. Diving into shallow water can result in cervical spine injuries causing permanent paralysis.
- Stay out of the water during a thunderstorm.
- Look in the pool area first, if a child is missing.
- Communicate pool safety rules with baby-sitters and guests.
- Know how to swim, proper rescue techniques and CPR.
If you uncover an unconscious child in the pool, follow these steps:
- Remove the child from the water and place onto the deck area.
- If someone is with you, have him or her call 9-1-1.
- Determine if the child is breathing: tilt the head back; if you don't hear breathing or see the chest rising, begin CPR until emergency help arrives.
- If you are alone and the child is not breathing, start CPR. After one minute, call 9-1-1. Return to the child and continue CPR until help arrives.
For additional information on water safety, see our brochure on Children Drown Without a Sound...Water Safety Tips.
For information about Fire Department education programs, please see Safety Education.
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