Never leave children unsupervised around water – even if they know how to swim, and regardless of whether you’re at a private or public pool.
Install a phone by the pool or keep a cordless phone nearby so that you can immediately call 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency.
Learn CPR and insist that babysitters, grandparents, and others who care for your child know CPR as well. Many local organizations, such as the YMCA, offer certification classes that are both flexible and cost-effective.
Post CPR instructions and 9-1-1 or your local emergency number near the pool.
Enclose the pool on all sides with a self-locking, self-closing fence with vertical bars. Openings in the fence should be no more than four inches wide.
Never leave furniture near a fence that could make climbing over the fence possible.
Always keep basic lifesaving equipment by the pool and know how to use it. We suggest having a pole, rope, and personal flotation devices. Be sure everyone using the pool knows how to use these objects to help a swimmer to safety (i.e. stay low to the ground when extending an object to a struggling swimmer so you don’t lose your balance).
Keep toys away from the pool when you’re not using them. Toys can attract children to the water.
Pool covers should be completely removed before using the pool, and put back on and secured correctly when not in use.
If a child is missing, make sure to check the pool first. Every second counts in drowning accidents.
Avoid horseplay and running near pool areas.
Follow all rules when at a public swimming pool, and only swim when a lifeguard is on duty.
Never dive into a swimming pool where you don’t know the depth. Only dive into a swimming pool area that is 6+ feet deep and has signs posted that diving is permitted.
Don’t swim during thunderstorms. Don’t swim until at least 30 minutes after the last time you see lightning or hear thunder.
There are many more tips to follow on the Pool Safely website, including information on the different types of pools and educational videos on pool safety.