The most important thing a parent or an adult can do while children are around water is to supervise them. Drowning can happen suddenly and quickly
Before children head out to swim, parents should practice water safety at home with them. Teach children to always ask permission before going near water, and set certain rules for each of your children based on age and swimming experience. Explain the importance of swimming near a life guard (when applicable) and always in designated areas. To ensure your family knows how to swim well, consider enrolling everyone in swim classes.
Pool owners should make sure their pools are equipped with appropriate safety features. These can include having a fence around your pool, or if you have an above ground pool, a ladder that locks. Also, it is important to keep pool covers on your pool at all times.
In the event of an emergency, it is vital to know how to handle such situations quickly and effectively. Timing is crucial during a drowning incident. Seconds can mean the difference between minor injury or suffering disabling injuries or even death. If a child is missing, check the water first. If you are at a place where a life guard is on duty notify them immediately. At home, make sure there is appropriate safety equipment nearby such as a life saver. Also have a cell phone close by incase you would have to call 911 for help.
Adult supervision is one of the most important things a parent can do to ensure their child’s safety. Parents may consider enrolling in CPR/AED courses to learn the correct procedures to follow during an emergency.
Pool Safely, “Staying Safe in Residential Pools”