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Health Tip: Rules for the Pool

HealthDay News
by -- Diana Kohnle
Updated: Jul 19th 2012

(HealthDay News) -- Accidental drowning is a leading causes of death among children, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

So what can you do if you have a backyard pool?

Take some precautions, and insist on a number of safety rules, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. The academy offers these suggestions:

  • Make sure a fence completely surrounds a permanent pool, and that the gate is always locked when the pool isn't being used.
  • Never let anyone swim alone, unattended, even for a few seconds.
  • Children 4 years or older should take swimming lessons.
  • Make sure all toys are kept away from the pool when no one is swimming.
  • Completely drain inflatable pools after they are used.
  • Don't allow any electrical appliances, tricycles or other riding toys near the pool.
  • Never allow diving in a pool that isn't deep enough.
  • Don't allow children to run on a pool deck.