Safe Swimming Practices

kids in pool

Dive into safer swimming practices this summer! Our EMS professionals know this all too well: Drowning is the leading cause of injury death among children under age four. That's particularly tragic when you consider that in nearly all cases, those deaths could have been prevented with proper safeguards.

A pool can be great summertime fun -- but can also be a source of danger. There are a few things you can do to help keep it safe for everyone:

  • Install a four-sided fence with a self-closing and self-latching gate around your pool. Even if you don't have children, a curious neighborhood child might decide to explore. Keep them safe by keeping them out.
  • Do not rely on a pool cover to keep children safe, unless it has been approved as a safety device.
  • Enroll your children in swimming lessons. In the event of an accident, it's important that a child can at least get safely to the pool's edge. 
  • Even with children who know how to swim, it's important not to rely on their abilities to prevent a drowning. Require that an adult remain in the pool area, constantly watching children, anytime the pool is in use.
  • Invest in "Coast Guard Approved" life vests.
  • Keep a portable telephone near the pool in case of emergency.
  • Learn CPR, water rescue and first aid.