Pool & Outdoors
- Lock all exterior windows, doors and sliding doors at all times. Keep the keys well out of reach of children.
- Install self-closing mechanisms on doors.
- Attach hook and eye locks - small metal locks - at the top of exterior doors. These help prevent children from going out "locked" doors. Don't let these give you a false sense of security, however. Four- and 5-year-olds can easily drag a chair over to the door and flip open the hook and eye lock.
- Lock doggie doors as well. Small children can easily fit in the small openings of doggie doors.
- Lock back gates and front doors.
- Don't place chairs, tables and other objects near pool fences. Children can use these to climb over. Better yet, place outdoor furniture inside the locked pool fence where it will be inaccessible to children.
- Empty wading pools when not in use. Empty standing water off pool and spa covers. A child can drown in as little as two inches of water.
- Regularly check that the gate latches securely and that spring mechanisms work properly. Regularly oil the hinges and latches.
- Don't allow children to play in the pool area. Remove all toys, tricycles - anything a child might want to get - from the vicinity.
- Post CPR instructions and the 911 emergency number in the pool area.
- Keep lifesaving equipment, such as a pole, life preserver and rope - in the pool area. Hang them from the fence so people won't trip on them.
- Have a phone handy to the pool area. Do not answer the phone while your children are in the pool; use the phone only to call 911 should a problem occur. NOBODY SWIMS ALONE - Always have an adult that can swim present while someone is swimming.
- 'DESIGNATED GUARDIAN' - During a gathering, there should be a designated guardian -that is an adult who can swim, is not drinking or socializing, and whose primary focus is pool safety.
- SWIMMERS PER GUARDIAN DOWN - It's dangerous to have one person in charge of many people in or around the pool.
- NEVER ASSIGN A CHILD - Never assign a child to watch a child.
- AVOID SPLASHING, PUSHING, JUMPING ONTO ANOTHER - Avoid splashing, this can obstruct the view to a possible drowning. Don't ever push someone into the pool. Serious injury or death can occur when jumping on a individual.
- NEVER DIVE IN SHALLOW WATER - Diving in shallow water can result in serious injury.
- NO PETS - Pets can knock children into the water.
- NEVER FAKE A DROWNING - Faking a drowning can only cause much stress and damage to a true drowning situation.
- LADDERS AND STEPS SECURED UP - Locking systems for ladders and steps should be secured up when the pool is not in use.
- GATES LOCKED AND LATCHED - Keep gates closed & latched.
- LOCK THE GATE(S) Whenever possible, keep the gates locked.
- ELIMINATE ALL TOYS Toys entice young children to pool area. When no one is swimming, clear the pool area of toys.
- ELIMINATE ALL CLIMBING ITEMS - Eliminate all items that may help a child climb the fence.
- SECURE ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS - Keep all doors and windows closed & alarms on whenever possible.
- WATER WITHIN 3-4 INCHES FROM TOP - Keep the level of pool water within 3-4 inches (from top) to make climbing out easier.
- LOCK UP ALL POOL CHEMICALS - Pool chemicals are extremely dangerous - keep them away from children.
- CAREGIVERS FOLLOW POOL RULES - Every caregiver should read and follow all pool safety rules.
- CAREGIVERS KNOW CPR - Does your caregiver know CPR?
- ALL SAFETY DEVICES MAINTAINED AND OPERATING - Maintain all safety devices as suggested by manufacturer. Keep them on at all possible times.
- ALL SWIMMERS MUST READ/UNDERSTAND POOL RULES