Drowning prevention tips
Swimming pools should be fenced from the rest of the house. The fence should be a compliant safety fence…and not simply an improvised fence installed by a developer or local contractor. A Pool Safety Net provides an alternative secure barrier to entry.
The area adjacent to the outside of the pool safety fence must be free of objects which may aid children in climbing over the fence. These include items such as chairs, tables, ladders, tree branches, etc.
The gate to the pool safety fence should be self-closing and self-latching, opening outwards away from the pool. The gate latch should be placed at the top of the gate and be inaccessible from the outside by small children. It should also be possible to lock the gate with a removable key. All doors and windows leading to the pool should be secured and locked at all times.
Assign an adult Water Watcher to supervise the pool/spa area during social gatherings. Arrange a rota, so the task does not become tedious. Never allow young children to be left alone in and around the pool for a moment…and always maintain eye contact. If you must leave the swimming pool area, even for one minute, take your child with you.
Babysitters and guardians should always be instructed about potential hazards in and around the pool. All adults, children and baby-sitters should learn and practice CPR.
Mount flotation devices designed for lifesaving (such as a lifebuoy) near the pool. Better still, keep a Safety Hook to reach a submerged child in the event of an emergency.
Look in the pool area first if a child is missing.
Never keep toys around, or in, a swimming pool, when not in use. Kids are attracted to toys and might try to get them.
Always keep a phone near the pool in case of an emergency. Post easy-to-see emergency numbers (199 or 112) by the pool and also by the nearest telephone.