Drowning is a major cause of child deaths. Practice these precautions to keep children safe:
- Make sure an adult is always closely watching children in or near a pool, lake, pond or other swimming area.
- If you have more than 3 children in or around a swimming area at the same time (not counting an infant in a playpen), you should have an assistant to help you supervise them.
- Be sure the swimming area is surrounded by a fence that is at least 1.5-meters high (5 feet), with a self-locking gate.
- Be sure all pools have a safety cover.
- For above-ground pools, make sure ladders or steps are removed or locked in the “up” position when the pool is not in use.
- Do not install above-ground pools under 1.2 meters (4 feet) in height unless they are fenced off or you are sure that you will empty them after each use.
- Check safety features to make sure they are in use at all times and working properly.
- Teach older children and family members to always keep your pool gates locked and doors leading to the pool deck closed and locked.
- Keep rescue equipment by the swimming area.
- Store toys and floats away from the swimming area.
- Have a telephone near the swimming area so that you can answer calls without interrupting supervision.
- Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for infants and children and retake the training at least every three years.