Child Pool Safety
The Katchakid Code
- Never - not even for a second, leave children alone around open standing
water of any kind - Swimming Pool, Spa, Pond, River etc.
- Always know where your children are.
- Never rely entirely on a safety device or product - nothing can replace
constant adult supervision.
- Never allow your children to swim alone or without an adult present.
- Check the pool first when your child is missing.
- Never think or assume that someone is watching your child unless you have
designated an adult to watch the water.
- When entertaining or using the pool always designate an adult, who can
swim, to watch the water at all times. If available in your area hire a lifeguard.
- Maintain your pool. Keep the water clear and clean so visibility is kept
at a maximum.
- Do not swim in thunderstorms or any inclement weather.
- Position all swimming pool jets in such a way that any floating objects
will end up in the shallow end of the pool close to the steps or ladder.
- Remove all toys and floating objects from the pool when it is not in use.
- Never allow bikes and 'rideable' toys in the pool area.
- Have a telephone jack installed by the pool. Never go to answer a door
or telephone bell while your children are swimming or your pool is unprotected.
- Buy and have on hand equipment approved by the US Coast Guard - life preservers,
life jackets, shepherd's crook etc...
- If you have a pool safety fence - do not leave chairs, ladders or other
objects near the pool that would allow a child to climb up and over. Make
sure all fence gates have self-closing latches.
- Make sure your child understands how jumping or diving into water can result
in injury. Know the depth of the water and the location of underwater hazards
before permitting children to jump or dive.
- Teach your children to swim and cope with all conditions of all types of
water - e.g. depth, water temperature, tides, currents, and weather.
- Use approved personal flotation devices whenever on a boat or fishing,
and while playing near a river, lake, or ocean.
- Teach children not to walk, skate, or ride on weak or thawing ice on any
body of water.
- Teach your child to never attempt to rescue a pet.
- Inform your child of the methods to obtain help.
- Support efforts in your state to pass legislation to establish basic safety
requirements for all swimming areas both public and private.
- Learn CPR and support the inclusion of CPR training in school.
- Counsel children especially teenagers about the dangers of alcohol and
drug consumption during water recreational activities.
- Remove all water from containers, such as pails and 5-gallon buckets, immediately
after use and put containers away.
- Do not leave children unattended in the bathroom. Never leave a child unattended
in the bath.
- Keep toilet lids closed and locked and bath plugs out of reach.
- Make sure children's caregivers and supervisors know all the safety precautions
and are fully trained in CPR.