Jessamine County Coroner

Swimming Pool Safety

While my previous article was on preventing accidental drowning from all sources of water; today I am specifically addressing swimming pool safety.  With the approach of Memorial Day, which is the traditional start of the summer swimming season, backyard and community pools will be opening everywhere, and children will be jumping in to cool off and have a great time.  Sadly for a few, it won’t be a great time.  There have already been at least three deaths of children from drowning in Kentucky this year.  Swimming pools are associated with fun and frolicking, but as parents, it is extremely important to make sure your kids don’t become victims while enjoying the water. Pool safety must involve the pool, the equipment and toys used in and around the pool, and responsible monitoring of any children who may be in the pool.  Every kind of pool, from inflatable kiddie pools to above ground or in-ground pools, is equally dangerous to age-specific children.  This goes for community pools as well as those in our back yards.  While community pools are required to have lifeguards on duty, drowning and near-drowning incidents still occur.  When it comes to your pool you or another responsible adult must be the lifeguard.

Having the Appropriate Equipment for Your Pool

Make your pool safe by installing a four-foot or taller fence and use self-closing and latching gates

Install pool and gate alarms to alert when children go near the water (consider a surface wave alarm)

Ensure your pool or spa has a compliant drain cover

Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order

Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim

Learn how to perform CPR on adults and children, and understand basic life-saving techniques so you can help in a pool emergency

Staying Close, being Alert and Watching Children in and Around the Pool – DON’T BE DISTRACTED!

Watch your children at all times when they are in or near a pool or spa

For infants and toddlers, an adult must be in the water and within an arm’s reach providing touch supervision

Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments

Have a portable or cell phone close by at all times when you or your family is using a pool or spa

If a child is missing, always look for him or her in the pool or spa area first

Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors

Pool Rules

Keep toys away from the pool when it is not in use

Empty blow-up pools after each use

No tricycles or other riding toys near the pool

No electrical appliances near the pool

No diving in shallow water

No running on the pool deck


Create a Pool Safety Toolkit

A first aid kit

A pair of scissors to cut hair, clothing or a pool cover if needed

A charged portable or cell phone to cal 911

A flotation device


Please Take Pool Safety Seriously!

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