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Emergency Preparation

Emergency Preparation

Responding to Aquatics Emergencies

You can’t predict when an emergency will strike, so knowing how to prepare for a water-related incident can mean the difference between life and death.

Layers of Protection - Call for Help

Call for Help!

Keep a phone poolside, preferably a landline with the physical address, available for adults to call 9-1-1. Calling from a cell phone won’t always tell the 911 operator your location.

Layers of Protection - Lean & Practice CPR

Learn & Practice CPR

Anyone who live in a home with a pool or who is frequently around water should learn CPR with rescue breaths. Require all babysitters, and caregivers to have current CPR training and certification. In groups, such as pool parties, at least one person should know CPR.  Proper training and certification should be refreshed every 1-2 years or more frequently if there have been recent changes in recommendations.

Layers of Protection - Water Safety Course & Rescue Equipment

Water Safety Course & Rescue Equipment

Pool owners and operators should enroll in a local water safety course that teaches proper rescue techniques. This course should include hands-on practice using rescue equipment. Every pool should have rescue equipment including a reaching and throwing devices for quick rescue, posted CPR instructions and a breathing mask, and a well-stocked first aid kit.

Layers of Protection - Missing Child

Missing Child

If a child is missing, always check the pool or other water features first. Every Second Counts! If a child cannot be located immediately, call 9-1-1 and enlist assistance when searching.

Know the 5 Layers of Protection

Prevent the tragedy of drowning by implementing the 5 layers of protection.

Barriers & Alarms

BARRIERS & ALARMS — It's important to use four-sided fencing with self-closing, self-latching gates, pool safety covers, and alarm systems, to help prevent children and unauthorized adults from accessing water unsupervised.

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SUPERVISION — Stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings with close, constant, and capable adult supervision from a designated water watcher or lifeguard anytime children are in or around water.

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Water Competency

WATER COMPETENCY — Every child and adult should be equipped with the skills to protect themselves in water by learning and enhancing their basic water safety skills to reduce the risk of drowning and aquatic-related injuries.

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Life Jackets

LIFE JACKETS — When used appropriately, life jackets protect you when you are not expecting to be in the water, especially around open water. Ensure your life jackets are tested & approved by the USCG.

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Emergency Preparation

EMERGENCY PREPARATION — Knowing how to prepare for an emergency with CPR training with rescue breaths and basic water rescue skills can make the difference between life and death. Have a phone available and ready to call 911.

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Layers Work Together

LAYERS OF PROTECTION — Water safety isn’t just during swim time. Each layer should be used together when in or around water to help reduce the risk of drowning. You never know which layer will save a life.

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