Adding as many water safety steps as possible is the best way to assure a safe and fun experience in a residential swimming pool or spa. Parents and families can build on their current pool safety practices by adopting water safety steps at home pools and spas
These are pool safety steps you can adopt at your residential pool or spa:
•Always watch your children when they are in or near a pool or spa
•Teach children basic water and pool safety tips
•Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments
•Have a portable telephone close by at all times when you or your family are using a pool or spa
•If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
•Share pool safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors
•Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly
•Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency
•Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
•Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
•If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing pools or spas.
•Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water
•Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers, and ask your pool service provider if you do not know
•Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order
•Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm
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