Summer At The Pool

Today marks the first day of summer! And summer means pool time for many. It’s a fun way to cool-off, throw pool parties, or simply relax – just don’t forget the sunscreen!

Whether you’re a homeowner with a private pool or are planning to visit a public pool this summer, here’s a few tips to help ensure a safe and fun experience for you and your family.

Pool inside
  • Never leave children unattended. Always have an adult supervise young swimmers – take turns.
  • Don’t rely on inflatable toys. They can deflate, leak or even slip out from under kids.
  • Teach children to float or swim as soon as possible.
  • Don’t swim alone.

From 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings a year, not including boat related drownings, in the United States. About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. 1

  • Drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated.
  • Walk, don’t run.
  • Never dive into the shallow end of the pool.
  • Keep electronics away from the water.
  • Don’t play or swim near drains or suction outlets.
  • Don’t swim after drinking alcoholic beverages or taking medication
  • Take a break!
  • Be considerate of others. Use the bathroom before you go into the pool—and leave the water if you need to take care of business.
  • Caution children of horse playing to avoid serious injuries.
  • Inform your guests of the safety rules.

If you’re a homeowner with a pool:

  • Be sure to secure your pool with a 4-feet high fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate.
  • Keep your pool clean. Maintain proper chemical levels to minimize the risk of ear aches, rashes or more serious diseases.


Have a great summer!


1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.