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Pasadena In Focus
July - August 2011

Every Pool Needs a Lifeguard (You!)

If you have a pool, your back yard is probably the summer hotspot for play dates and swim parties. Follow these tips from the Pasadena Fire Department to help keep your little swimmers and their friends perfectly safe.
Make sure your pool is enclosed by a fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Be sure the latch is out of children’s reach and push chairs and tables away to deter little climbers. If your back door opens into the pool area, keep it locked and install an alarm that will let you know if your little one is heading outside.
Stock the pool area with life-saving equipment (plastic inner tubes, inflatable arm bands and pool noodles won’t cut it!) and a cordless phone to use in emergencies.
Even if your child has had years of lessons, never assume he’s safe to swim alone. Always have a grownup watching closely when children are near a pool or spa or by a lake, river or ocean. If you’re hosting a party, assign a designated adult to be lifeguard and watch the swimmers non-stop and to keep children from running, pushing, jumping on other swimmers or diving into the shallow end.
If an emergency happens, grab the phone, call 9-1-1 right away and follow the operator’s instructions.
When the day is done, lock the pool gate and store toys out of sight to avoid attracting children to the area.
For more summer safety tips, call 744-4675.