Child Pool Safety

If you’re planning a Halloween or holiday party by the pool in the coming weeks and children will be there, here are some tips to help keep them safe, both at this time of year and all year round:

• Always brief babysitters on water safety, emphasizing the need for constant supervision.

• Appoint a “designated watcher” to monitor children during social gatherings at or near pools.

• Maintain constant visual contact with children in a pool or pool area. If a child is missing, check the pool first; seconds count in preventing death or disability.

• Don’t use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision. Never allow a young child in a pool without an adult.

• Don’t think you’ll hear a child who’s in trouble in the water; child drowning is a silent death, with no splashing to alert anyone that the child is in trouble.