1. EFFECTIVE SUPERVISION
Get IN THE WATER with your child regardless of whether or not he/she is in a flotation device. Keep constant eyes on your child and have them WITHIN ARMS REACH AT ALL TIMES. If a child is ever missing, always look in the water FIRST.
Empty all tubs, buckets, containers and kiddie pools immediately after use. Store them upside down so they don’t collect water.
Close toilet lids and use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning. Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed. Keep lids and doors closed on the washer and dryer at all times.
2. SEGMENTED SUPERVISION
During swimming times, designate a Water Watcher who is responsible for keeping eyes on all children in the water for 15 minutes. Constantly monitor and keep a frequent head count. Switch with someone else after 15 minutes and make sure everyone knows who is "on duty."
3. WINDOW & DOOR ALARMS
Make sure ALL windows and doors leading to the pool are LOCKED and ALARMED at all times.
4. POOL ALARM AND/OR WEARABLE ALARM
Early warning systems to alert caregivers in the instance of any water submersion.
5. POOL FENCE
4-sided with a SELF-LOCKING gate, at least 5 feet in height, and placed 3-5 feet from the pool deck. Do not allow children to climb or play on the fence and remove any furniture that could be used as a ladder to climb the fence. NEVER prop the gate open. Remind anyone with access to the yard to NEVER prop the gate open either.
6. SURVIVAL SWIMMING LESSONS
These lessons go beyond traditional lessons to teach the child crucial skills he/she can use to SELF-RESCUE in the event of an aquatic emergency.
Become certified and update the certification annually.