ABCD’s of Drowning Prevention – Always Use Multiple Layers of Prevention
A- Adult supervision is essential while kids are in the pool. It’s smart to have a designated “Water Watcher”. The Water Watcher wears a special necklace which indicates he’s on duty watching the pool.
B- Barriers are the second level of protection to have in addition to adult supervision. Is there a safety fence around the pool with a self-closing gate? Pool covers can also be an effective barrier.
C- Classes – enroll kids in swim classes. Adults need to learn CPR. Call your local YMCA or health department for scheduling. A “Home Pool Essentials Maintenance and Safety” course created by the American Red Cross and the National Swimming Pool Foundation can be taken from any computer.
D- Devices is the 4th level of protection to prevent childhood drowning. Devices, such as pool coping alarms, door and gate alarms, anti-entrapment drain covers and vacuum relief valves, save lives.
DROWNING CAN BE PREVENTED!