Whether in your pool or spa, at the lake, or in the ocean, we take water safety very seriously.
Swimming and other water-related recreational activities are popular throughout the United States. As we make preparations to kick off the summer season, we celebrate National Water Safety Month in May.
Along with the American Red Cross, the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, the National Recreation and Park Association, Lonza, the Master Pools Guild and many others, we are dedicated to promoting safer water practices.
In this article, we highlight some safe swimming tips and provide you with the safe swimmer pledge for your summer water activities!
Water Safety Tips
- Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water.
- Teach children basic water safety tips.
- Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.
- Have a telephone close by when you or your family is using a pool or spa.
- If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first.
- Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors.
- Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.
- Learn to perform CPR on children and adults an d update those skills regularly.
- Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency.
- Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
- Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
- If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing pools or spas.
- Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water.
- Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers and ask your pool service provider if you don’t know.
- Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order.
- Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm.
- Learn to swim well. Almost two million people of all ages learn to swim each year with Red Cross Program.
- Always closely supervise children whenever they are near any body of water.
- Weak or inexperienced swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets anytime they’re around water.
- Know how to respond to an emergency (including lifesaving CPR skills), how to tell if a swimmer is in distress or drowning and how and when to call for emergency help. If you have a pool or hot tub, keep lifesaving gear handy.
- Always have on hand a ring buoy, life jackets, rope, pole or other object that can be used to help a person in trouble.
- Be sure to have a first aid kit, phone and emergency contact information by the pool.