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Pool and Swimming Safety

Drownings happen quickly and often they are silent. They are 100% preventable, but to prevent these tragedies, community members must follow simple water safety steps. Fire departments can play a key role in getting pool and swimming safety messages out to their communities.

Did you know:

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1-4.


Share these safety tips to help keep community members safe in and around water.

Messages to share

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Adults need to stay with children when they are in or around water. DO NOT read, use a cell phone or leave children to go someplace else.
For preschoolers, an adult should be close enough to touch the child.
Install 4-sided fencing that separates the pool area from the home and yard. The fence should be at least 4-feet high. Use self-closing and self-latching gates that open outward.
Keep the pool and deck clear of floats, balls and toys after you get out of the pool.
Never swim near a boat, marina or boat launch.
When boating, always use U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.


Pictographs can help overcome literacy barriers by communicating messages with pictures. Our pictographs will help you to communicate safety messages to high-risk populations.

don't let distractions take away from those in the pool
fenced in pool
life jacket