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:
- 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:
- The pledge form only requires a name and zip code (pledge form here).
- 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!