1. Whenever a pool is involved, it's important to stay vigilant year-round with a special emphasis during the summer!  

Here are some pool safety recommendations:

2. You and your child can prevent injuries by learning the ABC's of pool safety:

A = Adult Supervision

  • Assign an adult who can swim as the "water watcher" to specifically watch kids in the pool.
  • The "water watcher" should keep a cell phone handy with the address of the pool (in case they need to call 9-1-1).
  • The "water watcher" should only use their cell phone if necessary.  They shouldn't browse their cell phone or read when they're the "water watcher."
  • The "water watcher" should never leave children in or around a pool unattended - not even for a second! 

B = Barriers

  • Install and maintain proper fencing around your pool.  Report maintenance problems at a public pool. 
  • Make sure all gates are self-closing, self-latching and open outward away from the pool.
  • Take away all objects that allow a child to climb up or reach the gate latch or climb over the fence.
  • Use additional layers of protection including pool safety covers, gate alarms, door alarms, motion-detection devices, etc.  Inspect them monthly.

C = Classes

  • Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, and rescue techniques. 
  • Sign up for swim lessons if you don't know how to swim.
  • Learn how to use rescue equipment around a pool such as a shepherd's hook or life-saving ring.
  • Learn about the proper behavior in and around water.  Teach children the same behavior.

3. Here is what to do if a child falls into a pool:

  • Yell for help and check the scene to make sure that you can safely help the child.
  • Get the child out of the pool and onto the pool deck.
  • Check for consciousness by tapping and shouting, “Are you okay?”
  • If someone is with you, have them call 9-1-1. Determine if the child is breathing: tilt the head back, if you do not hear or feel breathing or see the chest rising, give 2 rescue breaths then check for a pulse.
  • Begin CPR immediately and continue until emergency help arrives.
  • If you are alone and the child is not breathing and/or does not have a pulse, start CPR immediately. After one minute, call 9-1-1. Return to the child and continue CPR until help arrives.

4. Here are some tools to help your child learn about pool safety:

  • Mobile App:
    • Download the free app "Swim" by the American Red Cross (iPhone) (Android).
    • Learn to help keep your loved ones safe in & around water with drowning prevention and emergency response information.  Includes educational games and videos for kids plus a swim lesson progress tracker.
  • Music:
    • Sing along to a child-friendly song about the 4 simple steps about pool safety (YouTube link here).
  • Take the Pool Safely Pledge and Post to Social Media:
  • Video:
    •  Watch a public service announcement (PSA) from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission regarding pool safety (YouTube link here).

5. Finally, here are some statistics about pool injuries:

6. In sum, the West Covina Fire Department encourages you to consider these pool safety tips to maximize your enjoyment at the pool!

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