9 Important Safety Points
The protection of all swimmers in home swimming pools is the responsibility of the adult members in the home:
If a child is missing, look in the pool FIRST. Moments count. A child can drown or suffer brain damage in as little as a few seconds.
- Teach children to call 9-1-1.
- Start swimming lessons for children by the age of four.
- Parents, guardians and babysitters should learn cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with annual updates.
- Keep safety equipment including a flotation ring a long pole a cordless telephone nearby. They are not toys!
- When a group of adults are gathered near the swimming area, assign a swim warden, a life guard, to constantly watch swimming children. Change the guard each twenty minutes.
- Never leave a child alone even for a minute or two
- Set up your pool with a pool fence
- Ability to swim, in itself, is not an adequate safety rule. Slipping and falling with injury can happen to anyone; and incapacitate him from recovery.
- Do not permit lone swimming, even for adults or other proficient swimmers.
These rules and practices are not easy to follow. But, YOU must make them a habit to avoid the tragedy of a swimming death or life-long impairment. IT’S UP TO YOU!