- Keep a close eye on young kids when they are swimming and/or when they are in the pool area. Keep a phone handy in case you need to call for help.
- Secure your pool area so that a child cannot wander in without supervision. Store exterior ladders away from pools so that kids can't get in on their own and if possible, fence in the area around the pool.
- If possible, enroll your child in swimming lessons. Kids should know how to tread water, float and grab the side of the pool. But don't assume that just because a kid knows how to swim that she is safe in the water. Accidents can happen at any time.
- Remove any toys, floaties, boogie boards and pool noodles from the pool when it's not in use. This will prevent kids from trying to reach in to grab their favorite doll.
- Check out your local regulations or ordinances on pool safety and make sure your pool is up to snuff. Remember, it's not just your kids you are protecting, but other kids in the neighborhood as well.
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