• Barriers
    It is crutial to use layers of protection (barriers) inside and outside the home to prevent a drowning or near drowning incident.
    If one of the barriers fails another is in place to hopefully prevent a tragedy from ocurring.
  • Learn to Swim
    Swimming is a life saving skill regardless of one's age, race, gender or social economic background. Everyone is susceptible to drowning.
  • Never Swim Alone
    Make sure you never swim alone so in case of an emergency there is someone there to help you.
  • Always Have An Active "Water Watcher"
  • Follow Water Safety Rules

The  Video "Water Watcher" is at least 18 years old, diligently watches the bottom of the pool and wears an identifying badge when on duty.

  • The "Water Watcher" maintains constant visual contact.
  • The "Water Watcher" remains by the pool until the responsibility is transferred to another adult and the "Water Watcher identifier (tag) is transferred.
  • The "Water Watcher" keeps a phone handy in case of emergency but does not use it for any other purpose than to dial 911 in an emergency.
  • The "Water Watcher" avoids consuming alcohol, socializing, cooking, texting or applying attention to any activity other than watching the pool.
  • Always Have An Active "Water Watcher"

Download printable Adobe PDF Document "Water Watcher"

Portable Pools

  • Empty and stow smaller portable pools after each use
  • Maintain adult supervision at all times when pool is set up   
  • Always fence portable pools and ask your neighbors to do the same
  • Cover larger portable pools and remove access ladders when adult supervision is not guaranteed
  • Install alarms on doors accessing the portable pool area
  • Make sure all neighbors, caregivers and visitors know the pool is present
  • Teach children to swim and drill them on water safety rules   
  • Learn and practice CPR and basic rescue techniques so you are prepared in an emergency   

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