Summer is finally here and one of the best ways to cool off and have fun is to spend time in the pool. Before jumping in, please keep in mind that drowning is the third leading cause of death among children. Because a child can drown in as little as an inch of water, it’s important that parents review these important tips to protect their children while at the pool.

AlertID, your neighborhood safety network and free program and app that helps protect families and neighborhoods, offers the ABCD’s of water safety to help protect your children near water.

Adult Supervision

  • From the first time your kids swim, teach children to never go near or in water without an adult present.
  • Enroll your child in swimming lessons as soon as you feel they are ready.
  • Give your children your undivided attention near pools.
  • When there is more than one adult present and children are swimming, designate one adult as the swim watcher for 15 minutes (and then switch) so someone is always kids at all times.
  • Teach older kids to swim with a buddy so they can help each other if they get into trouble.

Barriers

  • Perimeter fences, self-closing and self-latching gates, as well as pool and motion sensor alarms can act as an added layer of protection in case a child wanders into the pool area unsupervised.

Classes in swimming and CPR

  • CPR saves lives and can prevent brain damage by maintaining a person’s breathing and heartbeat until medical assistance arrives. Learn CPR and have your children learn this valuable skill.

Devices

  • Don’t rely only on swim aids (floaties and inflatable toys) to protect your child unless you put them in an approved life jacket.
  • Have lifesaving devices and life jackets available at your pool for your children or anyone who doesn’t know how to swim.