You may know May as the month dedicated to moms and fiestas, but May is also National Water Safety Month. And with summertime just around the corner, now is the time to familiarize yourself with some helpful water safety tips to ensure a fun and safe summer for the whole family.

Tip #1: Stay close, be alert, and watch children in and around the pool.

Having a pool comes with great responsibility. Even if you don’t have kids, your backyard has probably been the gathering spot for many backyard bashes.

  • To avoid a child getting stuck, keep children away from pool drains and pipes.
  • Always keep an eye on your child when he or she is near the water.
  • Keep a phone near when you and your family use the pool.
  • If a child is missing, check the pool first.
  • Share these tips with family, friends, and your neighbors.

Tip #2: Learn and practice water safety skills.

Though some of this information may seem intuitive, it’s vital to go through these next few steps. A pool can quickly become a scene for life or death and you will want to be prepared.

  • First, you must learn to swim. Then, teach your child how to swim.
  • Learn CPR for children and adults. Make sure those skills are updated regularly.
  • Know basic life-saving skills so that you can help in a pool emergency.

Tip #3: Install safe and appropriate equipment for your pool.

It’s necessary to make sure your pool is always in working condition, but other safety measures should be considered.

  • Install a fence around the pool and spa that has self-latching gates.
  • Use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
  • Install pool and gate alarms to alert the household when a child goes near the water.
  • Ensure that your pool and spa is using compliant drain covers.
  • Keep your pool and spa covers in good condition.

Tip #4: Don’t leave objects that might attract a child near the pool or pool area.

It’s hard to constantly keep watch over children, especially during a summertime pool party. To ensure their safety, here are a few extra things to consider.

  • Keep the gate to the pool area closed at all times.
  • Don’t rely on “floaties” or swimming lessons. Children are never 100% “water safe.”

Pools can be a fun refuge during the hot summer months, but it is important to remember the danger a pool can pose when owners are careless. For more tips to ensure the safety of your backyard, visit PoolSafely.gov.

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