- Adding locks and safety covers will create an extra barrier of protection around the pool or spa.
- Know the water conditions before getting in. Many rivers have swift under currents that can be dangerous.
- Establish family swimming rules like never swim around drains, grates, or suction fittings.
- Never leave children unsupervised in, or around, the water.
- Be sure every child wears a proper fitting life jacket when on a boat or near water.
- Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
- Be sure that everyone knows how to swim.
- Try to teach your children to swim as early as possible.
- Develop a buddy system so no one is swimming alone.
- Don't allow anyone who has been drinking alcohol to swim.
- Don't allow glass objects around the pool.
- Learn CPR and have a first aid kit at a convenient spot.
- Enroll in Red Cross home pool safety, water safety, first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.
- Always check the depth of the water before swimming or diving. If swimming in the ocean, check the current and under-tow.
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Sources: CDC, coit.com., American Red Cross