Pool and Swimming Safety Tips

Pool Safety

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1 – 4 years old. In 2016, Ohio reported 13 drowning deaths of children 0 – 14 years old. Below are some helpful tips to keep children safe while in the pool.


Swimming Safety Tips

  • Never leave a child unattended in or near water.
    Designate an adult to supervise children while in water. This adult should not be texting, reading, or playing games on their phone. Make sure to keep a phone close by in case you need to call for help. If a child is missing, check the pool first.
  • Teach children how to swim.
    Swimming is fun and a lifesaving skill.
  • Teach children to stay away from drains.
    Do not allow children to play near drains or suction outlets. Never enter a pool/spa that has a loose, broken, or missing drain cover. Children’s hair, limbs, or bathing suit can get stuck in a drain or suction opening.
  • Install proper barriers, covers, and alarms on and around your pool or spa.
    A fence of at least four feet in height should surround the pool or spa on all sides and should not be climbable for children. The water should only be accessible through a self-closing, self-latching gate.
  • Know how to perform CPR on children and adults.
    CPR classes are available through many hospitals, community centers, or American Red Cross.

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