Swimming Pool Safety Checklist

Swimming pools doctor can provide countless hours of recreation and healthy activity for all family members. At the same time, pools are a tremendous responsibility that requires strict safety practices. Print and follow this handy guide put together by 1st responders.

Make sure of the following:


There is fence or barrier completely surrounding the pool. If the house is part of the barrier, the doors to the pool are protected with an alarm.
The fence is at least four feet high.
The fence has no footholds or handholds that help a young child to climb it. On chain linked fences, no part of the diamond-shaped opening is larger than 1 3/4 inches.
Vertical slats are less than four inches apart to prevent a child from slipping through.

The gate is self-closing and self-latching.
The gate latching mechanism is out of reach of children.

All exit doors from the house are protected with an alarm.
There is an audible warning when doors from the house are opened.
Steps and Ladders

Steps and ladders leading to an above ground pool are secured, locked or removed when the pool is not in use.
Pool Covers

Covers are always removed completely when the pool is in use.
Standing water is always removed from the cover.

Children are never left alone in or around a pool, even for a moment.
Babysitters and guardians are always instructed about potential hazards to children in and around pools.
Emergency Procedures

Parents, guardians, and babysitters know CPR.
There is a telephone at poolside.
Everyone is familiar with all the safety devices around the pool.

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