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Water Safety

Water Watcher:

  • Never take your eyes off of children in the pool — even for a moment! If you’re in a group, appoint a designated “water watcher,” taking turns with other adults

  • While supervising, stay alert and avoid distractions like reading or the telephone

Swimming:

  • Don’t rely on water wings or other inflatable toys. If your child can’t swim, stay within an arm’s reach

  • Teach children to swim after age 4

  • Teach children how to tread water, float and get out of the pool

  • Tell children to stay away from pool and hot tub drains

  • Tie up long hair securely to guard against drain entanglement

  • Never dive in water less than nine feet deep

Equipment:

  • If you find a drain cover that is loose, broken or missing, notify the owner/operator. Do not enter the pool or hot tub

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched

  • Look for lifesaving equipment by the pool

  • Learn infant and child CPR