Backyard and Pool checklist to keep kids safe
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental injury-related death among children ages 1 to 14 and the leading cause of accidental injury-related death among children ages 1 to 4. Take these important steps to make your backyard pool safer to prevent an accident.
1. Install a fence with a safety lock around your pool.
2. Use door, gate, and pool alarms to alert you if someone enters the pool area.
3. Teach your children to swim or enroll them in a swim program.
4. Invest in an automatic, power safety cover. This is an impenetrable cover that is operated by a key or controlled electronic monitor will completely cover the pool.
5. Equip your pool with a retrofit anti-entrapment safety drain cover.
6. Invest in self-closing/self-latching devices for doors and latching devices for windows that lead to the pool area. This keeps all doors and windows leading to the pool or spa area securely closed.
7. Establish pool rules, such as no running or diving and enforce them.
8. Always have an alert adult supervise swimming.
9. Supply coast guard approved life jackets for kids to wear.
10. Learn CPR.