But as the mercury rises, so too should our awareness of proper pool safety practices--especially if you are like me and have a young child/children around your home. We have published these U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) tips in many forms over the years, but they are always worth repeating!
6 Ways to Stay Safe by the Pool
- Since every second counts, always look for a missing child in the pool first. Precious time is often wasted looking for missing children anywhere but in the pool.
- Don't leave toys and floats in the pool that can attract young children and cause them to fall in the water when they reach for the items.
- Inspect pools and spas for missing or broken drain covers.
- Do not allow children in a pool or spa with missing/broken covers. Inserting an arm or leg into the opening can result in powerful suction and total body submersion and drowning.
- For above-ground and inflatable pools with ladders, remove or secure the ladder when the pool is not in use.
- It is important to always be prepared for an emergency by having rescue equipment and a phone near the pool. Parents should learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).