Pools are a favorite destination to cool off from the sweltering summer heat. While it’s fun to splash around, it’s also important to follow all posted rules and pay attention to any children when around bodies of water. Adults need to be extra vigilant to protect any children who have access to the water. It is essential to take the proper steps to keep pools secured and restrict access to prevent injuries and drownings from occurring.
“There’s no single safety device or protective measure that will completely childproof your pool or spa to prevent every possible accident. To keep little ones safe, it’s important to always supervise children when they are in or around a pool and know where they are at all times. Adults should join youths in the pool or remain an arm’s length away in case they need help,” said Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez.
Here are some simple steps to keep children safer in and around the water:
- Install a four-sided fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate around all pools and Always check to make sure the gate is locked or closed when leaving the pool or spa!
- Keep the pool and deck clear of floats, balls and toys after you leave the
- Always ensure kids swim with a
- Designate an adult to supervise children at all times around the Pay attention to whoever is in or around the water!
- Never leave a child unattended in or near
- Learn how to swim and teach your child how to
- Learn how to perform CPR on children and
- Teach children to stay away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings to avoid
- Ensure any pool or spa has drain covers that comply with federal safety standards. If you do not know, ask your pool service provider about safer drain
- Empty or flip over inflatable pools when you are finished using them for the