Pool Safety Tips For Summer And General

Pool Safety for families and parents

Memorial Day weekend is traditionally when pools reopen in the United States. The beginning of pool season is a good time for families and parents to review pool safety and use some tips. Nearly 300,000 public pools will open across the United States this weekend.

While pools can be a great source of fun and exercise for kids and families, they are also the cause of nearly 300 deaths of young kids every year. Most of these involve children less than 2 years of age.


In addition to deaths, there may be as many as 3,000 children under 5 years of age who will suffer serious injuries in pools and spas every year. Many of these are the result of entrapment in the drains. Pools and spas are now required to have safer drain covers to prevent these entrapment incidents. It is important to know if yours does, so check here for list of approved drain covers

It is important to have barriers around pools and spas, such as fences with alarms, to keep young children from swimming unsupervised. Consider using a locked safety cover on your spa when not in use to keep young children away from the spa or hot tub.

  • Children should never be near or in a pool or spa unsupervised, even for one moment.
  • Children younger than 5 years of age should be within an arm’s length of an adult at all times.
  • There should be an adult (life guard or pool owner) who knows CPR in attendance.
  • Keep a phone nearby. Keep rescue equipment (life preserver or shepherd’s hook) available and know where it is.
  • Air-filled "swimming aids" are not a substitute for approved life vests or supervision.
  • Remember, teaching your child how to swim DOES NOT mean your child is safe in water.

American Academy of Pediatrics