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May is Pool Safety Month!
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May is Pool Safety Month!
by Rob Cox May 7, 2013

national water safety month At the start of the pool season across America, water recreation professionals are promoting National Water Safety Month.

In Partnership with American Red Cross, National Parks & Recreation Association, Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and the World Waterpark Assn., NationalWaterSafetyMonth.org wants you and your kids to practice safe swimming and be more 'water aware'.

How to Get Involved:

1. Hold a Pool Safety Meeting with the entire family. Create an age-appropriate presentation, heavy on information, that makes everyone aware of the potential danger and liability of owning a swimming pool. Make everyone responsible for pool safety, and ensure that they all know the Pool Rules.

2. Watch Pool Safety Videos. The Poolsafely.gov YouTube channel has nearly 50 videos on pool safety, in English and Spanish.

3. Kids take the Safe Swimmer Pledge. Click the image below for a larger certificate that you can print out (landscape). When they have memorized the 4 Pledges, check them off and have them sign and date the document. Hang it up in their room, or near the pool area, as a reminder.

Click for Larger Image of Safe Swimmer Pledge Certificate

4. Take the Message to the Masses! With the help of free resources and materials, you could take the pool safety message to your child's school, your workplace, church or civic organization, to make more children, parents and caregivers be water aware this summer.

5. Organize a Pool Safety Fair! A bit more involved than a video and some handouts, a Pool Safety events are usually held at a local community pool, and may involve local swim teams or swim clubs, or other safety advocates. See our post last month on how to organize a pool safety event.

Pool Safety Tips:

The most important thing you can do this month is to review pool safety tips and create a solid set of Pool Rules, and make every effort to make your pool as physically safe as possible, with as many Layers of Protection as you can make practical.

Be the Pool Lifeguard

 

  • Teach your toddlers to swim, and continue lessons each year.
  • Instruct care givers on pool safety when children are under other's care.
  • During pool parties or play time near water, designate a lifeguard at all times.
  • Unless you have a 4-sided pool fence, utilize door alarms and pool alarms.
  • Put a cordless phone near the pool, for emergency (911) calls.
  • Learn CPR, and update your certification every few years.
  • Keep rescue equipment and a first aid kit nearby.
  • If a child is missing, check the pool first.
  • Drowning is Silent, don't think you'll hear it happen.
  • Never assume someone else is watching a child in a pool area.

 

Other Pool Safety Resources:

PoolSafely.Gov

RedCross.Org

APSP.Org

 

 

 

 

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