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Safety Tips: Swimming Pools

El Paso Fire Department Officials would like to offer these safety tips for all citizens when utilizing a swimming pool:

  • Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional injury-related deaths in the United States and is the second leading cause among children ages 1-14.
  • The majority of drownings and near drownings occur in residential swimming pools and open water sites.
  • Children can drown in as little as one inch of water and therefore they are at risk of drowning in wading pools, bathtubs, buckets, toilets, spas and hot tubs.
  • Drowning does usually occur quickly and silently.
  • Child drownings and near drownings can happen in a matter of seconds and typically occur when a child is left unattended or during a brief lapse in supervision.
  • Never leave a child unattended near water in a pool, there is no substitute for adult supervision.
  • Designate a “water watcher” to maintain constant watch over the children in the pool during gatherings.
  • Door and windows should be armed to alert adults when opened. Doors should be self-closing and self-latching so children won’t wander off.
  • Keep a phone poolside so that you never have to leave the pool to answer the phone, and can call for help if needed.
  • Do not use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.
  • If a child is missing, always check the pool first. Seconds count.
  • Remove toys from in and around the pool when not in use.
  • Do not consider children “drown proof” because they’ve had swimming lessons.
  • Don’t use floating chlorine dispensers that look like toys.
  • Store all chemicals away and out of the reach of children.
  • Never leave a child unattended near water in a pool, there is no substitute for adult supervision.