Children drown without a sound - let's all keep our eyes on the kids! Here are some proven pool safety tips.
Provide Barriers of Protection
Pool fences are required and must be a minimum of 4 feet high and must surround the water on all sides.
All doorways entering a screen enclosure should be self-closing, have self-latching hardware, and door handles must be at least 54 inches above the ground.
All doors and windows leading from the house to the pool should be equipped with entry alarms. If the alarm has a disabling mechanism, it should be installed above a child's reach.
Never leave a child alone in or near the water - not even for a second!
Designate an adult as the child pool watcher at all social functions.
Never assume that someone else is watching your child.
Never rely on floaties or floating toys to protect your child from drowning. Only Coast Guard approved flotation devices will safely keep a child afloat.
Ensure that a telephone is available at the pool for use to call for help.
Make certain that all pool watchers and babysitters know how to swim, how to perform child / infant CPR, and how to call for help.
Learn CPR now! Contact the City of Oldsmar Fire Rescue for class schedules.
If a child is missing, look in the pool first!
If you find an unconscious child in the water, yell for help and remove the child from the water immediately.
Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the 911 call taker regarding CPR and rescue breathing.
Ask for help before the emergency. You may request a free pool safety survey, complete the resident self-survey form, or seek answers to any of your safety related questions by contacting the City of Oldsmar Fire Rescue via telephone at 813-749-1200.
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