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How can you keep the pool child-safe?

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  • Fences or walls should be at least 4 feet high completely around the pool, free of articles that a child could use to climb over fence, such as lawn chairs or BBQ grills and have no footholds; and vertical slats should have no more than 4 inches of space between them.
  • Gates should close and latch automatically, and open outward with latches out of reach of children; the latch should be 54 inches from the ground.
  • The pool or doors leading to the pool area should have alarms
  • Cover the pool when not in use - these should cover the entire pool so a child cannot slip inside. No standing water should collect on top. Floating winter covers can be dangerous.
  • Drain covers should fit right and are paired or have vacuum suction releases to prevent being trapped under water
  • Keep toys away from the pool when the pool is not in use
  • Keep rescue equipment close by

SOURCES: The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. CDC. Home Safety Council. WebMD Medical News: " " WebMD Medical News: " ," WebMD Medical News: " ," WebMD Medical News: " ." www.poolsafety.gov. CDC: Better Safety Needed at Public Hot Tubs.Bacteria in Hot Tub May Hurt LungsPool Owners Warned of Electrocution RiskMake a Splash With Your Kids Over the Fourth

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on July 15, 2019

SOURCES: The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. CDC. Home Safety Council. WebMD Medical News: " " WebMD Medical News: " ," WebMD Medical News: " ," WebMD Medical News: " ." www.poolsafety.gov. CDC: Better Safety Needed at Public Hot Tubs.Bacteria in Hot Tub May Hurt LungsPool Owners Warned of Electrocution RiskMake a Splash With Your Kids Over the Fourth

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on July 15, 2019

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