Updated: 10:39 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 2011 | Posted: 10:38 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 2011
By Katy Steele
Non-negotiable rules for pools
To keep kids safe in backyard pools, Dayton Children’s recommends the following:
Active supervision is key. Saunders says to always be in arm’s reach of little ones and to be making as much eye contact with your child as possible.
Assign a “Water Watcher.” When children are near or in the water, adults should take turns paying undivided attention.
Never have standing water. Dump the water out of smaller portable pools as soon as they are not in use.
Don’t leave toys in or near the pool where they could attract unsupervised kids.
Get your kids in swim lessons, but Saunders says to remember “the level your child was swimming at last year isn’t necessarily what they remember this year.”
If your child is not a strong swimmer and gets invited somewhere to swim, make sure those supervisors know what your child’s swimming ability is.
Above-ground pools should be surrounded on all four sides by a fence at least 4-feet high with self-closing and self-latching gates that lock.
Consider installing a pool alarm, which can either send an alert when the pool gate is opened or when someone enters the water.
Make sure pools and spas have anti-entrapment drain covers.
Talk to your kids about pool safety and teach them it’s never okay to pretend to drown.
Never let older children swim alone. Even if they are good swimmers, accidents can happen.
Inform baby sitters and other caregivers of your pool-safety rules.