Water Safety

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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. You and your child can prevent drownings by learning the 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 in classes offered by the City of Burbank Parks and Recreation Department.
• 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