There’s no better way to cool off on a hot summer’s day than by taking a dip in a cool, refreshing pool. Whether you’re in your own backyard or at a public pool, safety should always come first—and the following tips can help ensure that everyone has a good time.
Never leave children unattended around water, and never let a child enter the water unless accompanied by an adult. Remind babysitters and others watching kids to provide constant supervision.
Keep a first aid kit nearby and easily accessible when spending time by the pool.
Take a CPR course and keep instructions posted near backyard swimming pools and spas.
Enroll children in swimming lessons as soon as they’re old enough. The Red Cross offers classes for children as young as six months.
Ensure children in or near water can swim. If they cannot, make sure they’re wearing U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets—but do not rely on these devices alone to keep children safe in the water.
Install pool gates and fences around backyard water sources to keep children and pets safe.
Establish water safety rules with your family before going near water and enforce them consistently. The Red Cross recommends setting limits for each person based on their water competency.