National Water Safety Month

We live in a beautiful area surrounded by water. In recognition of National Water Safety Month in May, here are some water safety tips courtesy of the Simple Steps Save Lives program.

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Learn & Practice Water Safety Skills

  • Learn how to swim, and teach your child how to swim.
  • Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly.
  • Understand the basics of lifesaving so you can assist in a pool emergency

Stay Close, Be Alert in & Around a Pool

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 uses a pool or spa.
  • If a child is missing, look in the pool or spa first.
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors.

Have Appropriate Equipment for Your Pool or Spa

  • Install a fence at least 4 feet tall with a self-closing, self-attaching gate around your pool or spa; ask your neighbors with pools to do the same.
  • Install and use a lockable safety cover.
  • 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. 1097741015049
  • Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water.
  • Ensure any pool or spa you use has compliant drain covers – ask your pool service provider to check if you don’t know.
  • Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order.
  • Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm.
  • For more tips for pool and spa owners, visit the Pool Safely website.