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Staying Safe in Residential Pools & Open Water
Staying Close, Being Alert and Watching Children in and Around the Pool
· Always watch your children when they are in or near a pool or spa
· Teach children basic water safety tips
· Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments
· Have a portable telephone close by at all times when you or your family are 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
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
Having the 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
· Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm
Create a Pool Safety Tool Kit for Your Home Pool of Spa
Drownings are a preventable cause of death and injury for children. By putting proven safety behaviors and systems into practice, you and your family will be much more secure in and around public and residential pools.
Roseville Fire recommends that you create a pool safety toolkit to have near your pool or spa to ensure that if the worst happens, you are ready to respond.
What should be in a pool safety toolkit for your home pool or spa?
· A first aid kit
· A pair of scissors to cut hair, clothing or a pool cover, if needed
· A charged portable telephone to call 911
· A flotation device
Follow these tips around open water:
· Actively supervise children in and around open bodies of water, giving them your undivided attention. Appoint a designated "water watcher," taking turns with other adults.
· Enroll your child in swimming lessons after age 4 – typically the earliest age when they are likely to practice and retain information. Teach children how to tread water, float and stay by the shore.
· Make sure kids swim only in areas designated for swimming.
· Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool: they need to be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather.
· Do not let kids operate personal water crafts such as jet skis. These are intended for adults and require special training.
· Teach children not to dive into oceans, lakes or rivers because you never know how deep the water is or what might be hidden under the surface of the water.
· Learn infant and child CPR and keep a phone nearby in case of an emergency.