Take the Parents’ Pool Pledge!
Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1 to 4 years old—and every year, more than 300 children under age 18 drown in a pool or a spa. “Each of these tragedies could have been prevented,” says Elizabeth Klinefelter, the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s pool-safety campaign leader. Vow to follow these essential safety #ParentsPoolPledge rules.
I pledge to…
- Designate an adult “water-watcher.” Get a floppy hat to pass around at pool parties. Whoever wears it is responsible for watching the kids splash around (even if they know how to swim). The water-watcher must stay within an arm’s length of any child who isn’t yet swimming independently.
- Sign up my kid for swimming lessons. Every child is different, but in general it’s never too early to start getting comfortable in the water. The AAP recommends, for most children, beginning lessons by age 4.
- Not rely on floaties instead of a life jacket. Air-filled arm bands can deflate and put your child at risk.
- Block off my own pool. Install a non-climbable fence—at least 4 feet high with a self-closing, self-latching gate—around the entire perimeter. (If my backdoor opens directly to the pool area, I will install an audible alarm as an alert.)