Backyard and Playground Safety
Keep your children’s fun safe by following these safety guidelines for backyard, pool, and playground
If you have a pool in your backyard, follow these guidelines:
- Surround the pool with a fence that is at least 48 inches high. Check with
your city or county for additional requirements regarding pool fencing, covers,
or alarm systems.
- Never leave a small child alone in or near a pool or spa/hot tub, even for
a minute. A child can drown in less than three minutes.
- Keep toys, tricycles, wagons, and balls away from the pool. Children may
attempt to retrieve toys that fall into the water and then fall in
- Keep electrical appliances (such as radios) away from the poolside as they
pose a shock hazard if wet.
- A pool cover should cover the pool completely and attach to the patio floor
so children cannot slip under it. Choose a pool cover that is designed for
safety — not simply a cover that is designed to maintain the pool
- A hot tub should have a locking cover that you put on whenever the hot tub
is not in use.
- Empty “baby” pools and put them away after every use, because they can fill
with rain or water from sprinklers.
Keep these essential safety items near your home pool:
- A telephone or cell phone and phone numbers for emergency services
- A poster with safety and CPR instructions
- Shepherd’s hook, safety ring, and rope