If you have a swimming pool, check local ordinances for proper safety regulations.
- Enclose the pool with a fence at least 6 feet high and with a locked gate to keep children out. Lawn chairs, trees, and shrubs should not be close enough to provide a boost over the fence.
- Avoid using a side of the house as part of the fence, a child could wander through the house, out the door, and into the pool area.
- Use non-slip materials on pool deck, diving board and ladders.
- Install gates in the pool area that close and lock automatically.
- Install alarms on the gate or turn on pool alarms (which activate when anyone falls in the water) when you are indoors or away.
- Keep water level at least 3 inches from the top so a child can grasp the side and get air.
- Cover the pool during off season, and remove cover completely when in use.
- Keep a first-aid kit near pool.
- Store pool chemicals in a locked cabinet.
- Do not allow children to swim unsupervised, even adults should not swim alone.
Source: “The Complete Household Handbook” by Good Housekeeping