WATER SAFETY TIPS
from the Pool Safely "Simple Steps Save Lives" Program
1. Staying close, being alert and watching children in and around the pool:
Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water.
Teach children basic water safety tips
Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.
Have a telephone close by when you or your family is using a pool or spa.
If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first.
Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors.
2. Learning and practicing water safety skills:
Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.
Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly
Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency.
3. Having appropriate equipment for your pool or spa:
Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing pools or spas.
Install pool and gate alarms to alert you
when children go near the water.
Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers, and ask your pool service provider if you do not know.
Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order.
Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm
Find more tips for pool & spa owners at poolsafely.gov.
Important TIPS and LINKS to water safety and drowning prevention resources.
Drowning is the number one cause of death for children ages one to four in Broward County (FL). If you could prevent your child's death, would you?
•NEVER leave children unsupervised in or around a body of water - even for a moment. Children can drown in as little as two inches of water in less than one minute.
•Install a self-closing gate around the pool.
•Alarm every door leading to water to alert you if a child has gone outside.
•Teach children water and swimming skills.
•During pool parties or family beach gatherings, designate an adult to watch the children.
•Remove any toys that may attract children to the pool area.
•Install a pool cover to securely cover the water area.
•Keep lifesaving equipment - a pole, life preserver and rope - in the pool area.
•Children with long hair should clip it back or wear a cap in the pool.
•Avoid keeping water in buckets or other large containers when toddlers are home.
•Don't rely on flotation devices to protect your children in the water.
Drowning Prevention Checklist
•CONSTANT adult supervision by an adult who knows how to swim.
•Childproof locks on all doors leading to water.
•Gate or fence surrounding water.
•Gate or fence is self-closing with a lock.
•Pool cover is in use.
•Alarms for doors and windows leading to
pool are activated.
•Child has completed swim lessons.
•Above-ground pool stairs removed when pool not in use.
•Lifesaving equipment in pool area.
•Pool chemicals and supplies are locked in a secure area
•Child is watched in bathtub at all times.
•Parent and / or caregiver know CPR.
From the Broward Sheriff’s Office in Florida
RESOURCES - Links
Click on the links below to find more useful and important information about Water Safety, Drowning Prevention and other Foundations: