DCS Pool Barriers Shares Pool Safely National Water Safety Month Water Safety Tips

At DCS Pool Barriers we believe that Pool Safety is everyone’s responsibility! It’s National Pool Safety Month and we wanted to share some Water Safety Tips from the Pool Safely “Simple Steps Save Lives” Program

1. Staying close, being alert and watching children in and around the 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 is using a pool or spa
If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors

2. Learning and practicing 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 life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency

3. Having appropriate equipment for your pool or spa

Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
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.
Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water
Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers, and ask your pool service provider if you do not know
Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order
Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm
Find more tips for pool & spa owners at poolsafely.gov.