The first tip is based on an actual case where a young child visiting a house crawled through a doggie door and ended up in the pool. If you have that potential situation lock the doggie door, block it or both. If young children are living in your household, a more permanent solution needs to be found.
Here are some additional safety tips from the National Drowning Prevention Alliance.
1. Never leave a child unattended near water in a pool, tub, bucket or ocean. There is no substitute for adult supervision.
2. Designate a “Water Watcher” to maintain constant watch over children in the pool during gatherings.
3. The home should be isolated from the pool with a fence at least 60” tall, with a self-closing, self-latching gate. The gate should open away from the pool, and should never be propped open.
4. Doors and windows should be alarmed to alert adults when opened. Doors should be self-closing and self-latching.
5. Power-operated pool safety covers are the most convenient and efficient. Solar/floating pool covers are not safety devices.
6. Keep a phone at poolside so that you never have to leave the pool to answer the phone, and can call for help if needed.
7. Learn CPR and rescue breathing.
8. Keep a life-saving ring, shepherd’s hook and CPR instructions mounted at poolside.
9. Do not use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.
10. Never leave water in buckets or wading pools.
11. If a child is missing, always check the pool first. Seconds count.
12. Remove toys from in and around the pool when not in use.
13. Don’t use floating chlorine dispensers that look like toys.
14. Instruct babysitters about potential pool hazards, and emphasize the need for constant supervision.
15. Responsibilities of pool ownership include ensuring children in the home learn to swim, and that adults know CPR.
16. Do not consider children “drownproof” because they’ve had swimming lessons.
Also, make sure your pool water is properly treated. Clear water is your friend. Cloudy water is not. Having a designated “water watcher” is particularly important during a home or neighborhood pool party where people tend to be more distracted and a child can more easily slip away in the crowd.
But, with more people it’s also easier to designate a water watcher. The adults can take turns being the watcher and share in the responsibility.
And, just in case, be ready to act. Cypress Creek EMS offers CPR classes for the public. Under our Friends and Family CPR program you can schedule training for your group of 5 or more at no charge. Other tuition-based classes are available if you want official certification. To see more information on ALL the CPR and First Aid courses offered to the public click here.
See more tips including the use of a pool alarm in this video from the National Drowning Prevention Alliance.