Backyard Water Safety

Swimming pools are usually associated with recreation and the good times of summer - until a tragedy strikes. Each summer we hear news reports of accidental falls into a backyard pool or a child being trapped by the powerful suction of a hot tub or pool drain, and parents should take note for good reason.

Nationally, drowning remains the 2nd-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years. In 2006, of all children 1 to 4 years old who died from an unintentional injury, almost 30% died from drowning. Another 3,000 children under age 5 are treated in emergency rooms after submersion accidents each year. Some of these accidents result in permanent brain damage. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Pool Safety
Prevent Drowning at Your Home
  • Assign a responsible adult to young children while in the bath and all children swimming or playing in or around water.
  • Lean to swim through an American Red Cross Certified program.
  • Learn CPR and other rescue methods.
  • Do not use air-filled innertubes or foam toys in the place of PFD’s. “Water-wings” also provide a false sense of protection and are not meant to keep swimmers safe.
  • Install a pool alarm or 4-sided fence that separates the pool and play area of the yard.
  • Clear the area of toys and other objects that might entice your child too close to the pool area.
For more information, visit PoolSafely.gov or the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.