May is National Water Safety Month, and for pool or spa owners, it is essential to adopt critical water safety steps to assure the safety of children in and around the water. By installing safety devices and observing proper water safety behaviors, parents can secure their pools and spas for use by their families, friends and neighbors.
- Teaching children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible.
- Appointing a “designated watcher” to monitor children during social gatherings in or around pools.
- Keeping rescue equipment and a first-aid kit poolside.
- Maintain constant visual contact with children in a pool or pool area. If a child is missing, check the pool first.
- Don’t use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision. Never allow a young child in a pool without an adult.
- Don’t leave objects such as toys that might attract a child in the pool and pool area.
- Never assume someone else is watching a child in a pool area.
- Don’t think you’ll hear a child who’s in trouble in the water; child drowning is a silent death, with no splashing to alert anyone that the child is in trouble.
- Is there a fence around the perimeter of your pool or spa?
- Are there self-closing and self-latching gates?
- Are there door, gate or pool alarms in use?
- Do your pool and spa have an anti-entrapment drain cover that is compliant with the Pool & Spa Safety Act?
- Is your spa cover in working order?
Find more safety tips for pool & spa owners at poolsafely.gov.