Summer Pool Safety (Video)

posted Jun 17, 2013, 4:50 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 18, 2013, 3:23 PM ]
As summer is upon us, the Los Angeles County Fire Department urges residents to remember the following pool safety basics:
  • Adult Supervision: Assign an adult to supervise children in the pool.  If you must leave the area, require all children to exit the pool.
  • Barriers: Pools should be isolated by several layers of protection, including proper fencing, pool covers, alarms, locks, and latches.
  • Classes: All children should take swimming lessons.  All family members, including grandparents and babysitters should know how to swim.  Swimming lessons are not a substitute for supervision.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Learn CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation).  Install a working phone outside near the pool area in case of a 9-1-1 emergency.
  • Life-Saving Devices: Children should wear life jackets.  Floaties or other inflatable devices do not have life saving capabilities.
It only takes a few seconds for a child to drown.  Unfortunately, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under 5 years of age.  Please see this video from the Los Angeles County Fire Department for more information on pool safety.