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How to Host a Safer Pool Party
Don’t let a drowning incident spoil your pool party. Follow the water safety tips below:
- Thoroughly discuss each child’s swimming abilities with their parents or caretaker.
- Provide or have children bring their personal flotation devices.
- Have rescue equipment and a working phone poolside.
- Use alarms, latches, fences to keep children from wandering into pool unsupervised.
- Be fully trained in CPR.
- Before swimming, review pool rules with children including no rough play.
- Assign an adult to be a “Water Watcher.” You can rotate by shifts. But make sure one person is totally focused on watching the water, not socializing, texting, drinking, reading, etc.
- Consider hiring a Lifeguard for large parties. Contact your local Y for recommendations.
THE 3 ESSENTIAL RULES OF WATER SAFETY
Test & Teach
Have your child’s swimming skills tested at your local YMCA.
Watch & Guard
Appoint an adult to supervise all pool activities. Add barriers around your pool.
THROW, DON'T GO
Throw out a flotation device or use a pole to reach a drowning child. Never jump in to save.