Drowning
Prevention

How to Host a Safer Pool Party

Don’t let a drowning incident spoil your pool party. Follow the water safety tips below:

  1. Thoroughly discuss each child’s swimming abilities with their parents or caretaker.
  2. Provide or have children bring their personal flotation devices.
  3. Have rescue equipment and a working phone poolside.
  4. Use alarms, latches, fences to keep children from wandering into pool unsupervised.
  5. Be fully trained in CPR.
  6. Before swimming, review pool rules with children including no rough play.
  7. 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.
  8. Consider hiring a Lifeguard for large parties. Contact your local Y for recommendations.

 

THE 3 ESSENTIAL RULES OF WATER SAFETY

1
Test & Teach
Have your child’s swimming skills tested at your local YMCA.

2
Watch & Guard
Appoint an adult to supervise all pool activities. Add barriers around your pool.

3
THROW, DON'T GO
Throw out a flotation device or use a pole to reach a drowning child. Never jump in to save.

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