We want you to have hours of fun in and around the water, but what matters most is the safety of you, your family, and your friends. Any pool or body of water presents dangers, especially to children who may not be aware of those dangers. Even the best swimmers need to be aware of all swim safety guidelines. Below are some important guidelines and resources that provide important swim safety information.
- Maintain constant supervision over children in or near the pool. Do not walk away or allow yourself to be distracted, even for a minute.
- Be sure everyone knows the basics of how to swim and stay afloat in the water.
- Do NOT dive into the pool under any circumstances. The pool is shallow, and serious injury, including death or paralysis, can result.
- Remove the pool ladder completely from both the pool and the pool area when the pool is not in use. Pool ladders, even so-called “locked” ladders, can be climbed by children. Note: REMOVING the ladder is the best way to ensure children cannot use the ladder for access to the pool. https://abc7chicago.com/video-of-child-climbing-pool-ladder-serves-as-warning-for-parents/3621877
- Ensure the area around the pool is free from items (such as tables and chairs) that a child can use to gain access to the pool.
- Take time to learn CPR and other First Aid.
- Check your local laws and regulations for pool fencing or pool alarm requirements.
- Secure your pool with appropriate barriers or fencing.
- Stay clear of all drains and suction fitting. Your hair, body, or jewelry can be sucked into the drain.
- Do not sit or lay over the pool wall.