4 swimming pool safety tips for summer

Families spending time around the swimming pool this summer are encouraged to review important safety tips before taking a dip.

Many neighborhood and backyard swimming pools open Memorial Day weekend for the summer swim season. 


Not matter whether you swim for leisure or recreation, water activities can be dangerous when the proper precautions aren’t taken into consideration. 


According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 10 people die from drowning every day, of which two are children. Drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional death in the United States.


If your family plans to spend time around the pool this summer, please take time to review some important safety reminders before diving in. 

  1. Never assume someone is watching out for your child’s safety, even when a lifeguard is on duty.
  2. Enclose pools and spas with fencing approximately 4-feet tall or higher. Fences should have a latching door that automatically closes.
  3. When searching for a missing child around the pool, check all areas of the water first.
  4. Secure kiddie pools, bath tubs and buckets of water, and keep these empty when not in use. Drowning can occur in as little as 1-2 inches of water.

For more information, watch the West Chester Fire Department's Pool Safety video.



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