May is National Water Safety Month

Living in a state where most everyone has a pool, makes it all the more important to be aware of water safety, and for children to know how to swim. The Centers for Disease Control report that here in the United States, on average, 3,536 people died from drowning annually from 2005 to 2014, which equates to 10 deaths each day.

May is National Water Safety Month

Here are some potentially life-saving tips for your backyard pool.

Equip your pool or spa with child preventative gates or locks

  • Install at least a five foot fence around the pool or spa, with self-closing or latching gates
  • Have a spa cover
  • Install door alarms, this includes windows or sliders which face the pool
  • Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water
  • Consider using an underwater or surface alarm which alerts you when the water moves

Teach children how to swim and about water safety

  • Start swimming lessons as early as possible
  • Teach basic water safety
  • Never allow children to be in or near water unattended
  • Teach children to stay away from drains or other pool openings
  • Keep a list of “pool rules” and share these with friends and neighbors

Practice Water Safety

  • Learn how to swim yourself if you don’t already
  • Keep a first aid kit nearby
  • Keep a phone nearby
  • Learn CPR and First Aid, and keep updated on it regularly
  • Always have an adult “on the ready” don’t assume “someone is watching the kids”

Make the pool surroundings a safe place

  • Watch out for enticing items that might make a child want to enter a pool alone
  • Keep chairs and tables away from a pool so children don’t want to jump off them
  • Teach children not to run around or horse play around the pool

Remember, seconds count, if a child leaves your sight for a moment, check the pool first. We want everyone to have a happy and safe summer!