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In Southern California, drowning prevention and water safety should be practiced on a year-round basis with special emphasis during the summer months. Below are the ABC’s of water safety. By learning these water safety tips you and your child will learn how to prevent drownings.


ABC's of Water Safety

A = Adult Supervision
• Assign an adult “water watcher” who can swim to specifically watch the water.
• Designate an adult to supervise the children in and around the pool/spa area especially during social gatherings.
• Never leave children in or around a pool unattended – not even for one second.
• Take the children out of and away from the swimming pool/spa area for any distractions such as a telephone call or to use a restroom.
• Do not rely on flotation devices. They should not be used as a substitute for adult supervision.
• Post pool address and an emergency number.

B = Barriers
• Install and maintain proper fencing around the pool to isolate your swimming area from the home and play area.
• Use multiple layers of protection on such as safety covers, gate alarms, door alarms and motion-detection devices. Inspect them monthly.
• Make sure all gates are self-closing, self-latching and open outward away from the pool.
• Take away all objects that allow a child to climb up to reach the gate latch or climb over the fence.

C = Classes
• Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), first aid and rescue techniques.
• Learn swim skills through on-going qualified instruction.
• Keep rescue equipment such as a shepherd’s hook, life-saving ring and CPR sign mounted by the pool to instruct others.
• Find out and understand the proper behavior in and around the water. Teach children the same behaviors.

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What To Do If A Child Falls Into A Pool!
• Yell for help and check the scene to make sure that you can safely help the child.
• Get the child out of the pool and onto the pool deck.
• Check for consciousness by tapping and shouting, “Are you okay?”
• If someone is with you, have them call 9-1-1. Determine if the child is breathing: tilt the head back, if you don’t hear or feel breathing or see the chest rising, give 2 rescue breaths then check for a pulse.
• Begin CPR immediately and continue until emergency help arrives.
• If you are alone and the child is not breathing and/or does not have a pulse, start CPR immediately. After one minute, call 9-1-1. Return to the child and continue CPR until help arrives.

Useful Links
Pool Safely
CA Department of Public Health
Safe Kids USA
National Water Safety Month