When it comes to your children and your pool, there is no room for mistakes. Setting rules is vital to ensure complete safety for your children.
- Do not leave your child unattended near the pool.
- Seconds count, so constantly monitor your child at the pool. (Safety devices can’t take the place of actual supervision.)
- Always supervise children ages 5 and under.
- Limit access with physical barriers. (Consult with us regarding proper fence height.)
- Keep doors locked if they lead from the house to the pool.
- Use a safety cover when the pool is not in use. (This does not take the place of the fence.)
- Remove any ladders, steps, furniture and pool toys when not in use.
- Ensure your child is trained
to swim when he or she is able to crawl or walk to the pool.
- Learn CPR and other first aid techniques.
- Keep rescue equipment by the pool. (Call us for recommendations.)
- Remove your pool cover before swimming is allowed.
- Do not allow your child to use your spa or hot tub, as they can easily become overheated.
- Children younger than 5 years old should have a life preserver with a flotation collar.
- Do not allow swimming during a lightning storm.
- Make sure small children are not swallowing water (even if you are assisting them), as this can lead to water intoxication.
We recommend taking swimming lessons with your child if they are 4 years or younger, as long as the class follows guidelines of the national YMCA. But remember: whether your child has learned to swim or not, they always need to be supervised in or near the pool.