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At Home Autism Safety Fact and Figures Ponds Pools Winter Hazards


Safe Kids recommends constant supervision of children who are playing in or around swimming pools, and "arm's length" supervision of children who cannot swim or are still learning. Simple acts, such as leaving the pool area "for just a minute" to answer the phone or the front door can lead to tragedy if the a child is left unsupervised.

Keep a cordless phone with you near the poolside, so you don't have to leave to answer a call. It will also be close in case of an emergency.

Inflatable arm "floaties" have become very popular as swimming aids, but experts in swimming safety warn against relying on them for life safety. They can slip off too easily. If they lose air they lose their ability to hold your child above water. The safest bet is to use a coast-guard approved safety vest or  some sort of unsinkable flotation device that straps securely to your child.

 POOL SAFETY TIPS

Ensure children use personal flotation devices when they are not strong swimmers- beware of inflatable swimming toys and "floaties" that can deflate or come off of your child easily.
Install four-sided isolation fencing with self-latching gates around pools.
Always follow the posted rules.
Never dive into water less than nine feet deep.
Is there four-sided fencing around your pool to keep curious children out?
No lifeguard on duty? How about an adult with CPR training?
Do you have a telephone at the poolside so you don't have to run in the house to answer it? Or to call 911? 
Keep rescue equipment available, and know how to use it.