• Teach your children how to swim. We recommend having your child in swimming lessons by age 4. It is a life skill.

  • Teach children how to tread water, float, and get out of the pool.

  • For those who are not strong swimmers, coast guard-approved flotation devices should be required. Do not rely on “water wings” or other inflatable toys.

  • Be aware that teaching your children to swim with a life jacket on will give them a false sense of security.

  • Don’t rely on water wings or other inflatable toys. If your child can’t swim, stay within an arm’s reach.

  • Take a class in First Aid and CPR (for infants, children, and adults).

  • Teach children not to play with or around pool or hot tub drains and drain covers.

  • If you see a drain cover that is loose, broken or missing, do not enter the pool and notify the owner/operator.

  • Tie up long hair securely to protect from drain entanglement.

  • Never take your eyes off of children in the pool — even for a moment!

  • If you’re in a group, appoint a designated “water watcher,” taking turns with other adults.

  • Empty smaller backyard pools when not in use.

  • While supervising, stay alert and avoid distractions like reading or the telephone.

  • If house forms a side of the pool barrier, install alarms on the doors that lead to the pool area.

  • Never dive in to water less than nine feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.

  • Use a safety cover on larger backyard pools when they are not in use.

  • Keep toys away from the pool when the pool is not being used since toys can attract children to the pool area.

  • Make sure water of any pool/spa is clear.

  • You should always be able to see the bottom of a pool or spa. If you can't, inform the owner/operator.

  • Look for lifesaving equipment by the pool.

For more information on drowning and entrapment, please click here.

The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.

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