Ready for a Safe Pool Season?

Pools require lots of work, but don’t let maintenance duties distract you from the most important issue, safety! According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children under five and adolescents between the ages of 15-24 have the highest drowning rates. And an estimated 5,000 children ages 14 and under are hospitalized due to unintentional drowning-related incidents each year; 15 percent die in the hospital and as many as 20 percent suffer severe, permanent neurological disability according to the National Safety Council.

Take this quiz to determine how ready you are for a safe pool season.

Step 1
  1. Do you supervise all children in your pool whether or not they are using a floatation device?


  2. Do you instruct children to keep away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments?



  3. Does your pool have anti-entrapment drain covers that are federally compliant?


Step 2
  1. Has someone in the family received training in CPR, first aid and emergency response?


  2. Have you reviewed basic water safety tips with your children, their friends and others who swim in your pool?


  3. Do you have rescue equipment and a first aid kit by the pool?


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Step 3
  1. Do you leave pool toys and floats in the pool or pool area that may attract young children to the water?


  2. Do you keep a phone close by the pool area, in case of emergency?


  3. Is your pool surrounded by a fence that is at least four feet high and has a self-closing and self-latching gate?


  4. Do you let swimmers stay in your pool within 30 minutes after seeing the last sign of lightning or hearing the last thunderclap?


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