||Drowning is a serious problem in the U.S. Home pool drowning is a leading cause of death for children younger than 5. Children were often out of sight less than 5 minutes and under the care of one or both parents at the time of many home pool drownings.
Owning a pool or hot tub comes with many responsibilities. These include taking steps for proper operation, such as keeping the water clean and at an appropriate temperature. Responsible ownership also includes taking steps for safe use, such as providing layers of protection:
A pool or hot tub is only as safe as its weakest link:
- Keep children under active supervision.
- Secure your pool or hot tub with appropriate barriers.
- Remove any structures that provide unsupervised access.
- Establish and enforce rules.
- Make sure everyone knows how to swim well.
- Know how to respond in an emergency.
For more information on home swimming pools, spas, and drowning prevention visit:
The Orange County Fire Authority Drowning Prevention