You, your family, and friends will enjoy a happier, healthier pool and spa experience if you remember the FSPA rules of S-A-F-E-T-Y.
S is for more than just SUPERVISION - children must be watched closely
- There’s no substitute for an ADULT watching a child
- Do not let anything or anyone distract you when a child is in or near a body of water, not even for a second
- Keep your eyes on the pool at all times
A is for ALERT - Pay attention, Play smart
- Toys: A favorite toy left near the water can be a very strong attraction for a child. Toys, tricycles and other playthings should be stored away from the pool or spa area.
- Store all chemicals, cleansers and accessories safely and securely in appropriate areas.
- Sunscreen: Choose It and Use It! The sun is strongest in the summer months. Be sure to apply sun protection regularly while enjoying the pool. No sun, just clouds? Be alert – Continue to use sun protection, just because you can’t see the sun, doesn’t mean it’s UV rays aren’t reaching your skin!
- Remember to serve all food and beverages in non-breakable containers in the pool area.
- Get out of the pool at the FIRST sign of thunderstorms.
F is for FREE - Be Substance-FREE
- Never use a pool or spa while, or after, consuming alcohol or drugs. Consult a physician if taking any mediation on a regular basis prior to swimming or using a spa.
E is for EMERGENCY Procedures - Get training and education
- Learning CPR , cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is a skill that may save a life. The local YMCA, the Red Cross and many local hospitals offer classes.
- Keep a charged telephone by the pool –
Parents won’t have to leave children unattended to answer the phone. And if you need to call Emergency Services, your phone is within seconds reach – your call could make a REAL difference!
- Rescue equipment – Is your pool safety ready?
Ropes and float lines placed across the pool alert swimmers to the separation of the deep and shallow ends of the pool. Rescue equipment such as life rings and shepherd’s crooks can be used to pull someone in trouble to safety.
- Keep a list of emergency contact numbers pool side.
T is for TEACHING - Never too old or too young
- Swimming Lessons – Everyone should be taught how to swim. Children of all ages should be enrolled in swimming lessons or a program to familiarize them with the water. Check your local YMCA, Parks and Recreation departments or other local programs near your area.
- Diving – Learn safe diving. Know the depth of the water prior to diving. Never dive into shallow water. Never dive into an above ground pool.
Y is for YOU
S is for SUNSCREEN – Don’t go outside without it
W is for WALK – Don’t run around pools I is for
INSIDE – Go in if it starts to rain or thunder
M is for MAKE sure a grownup is always with you at the pool
Have a designated pool watcher to keep an eye on swimmers at all times.
This should be a responsible adult who will not become distracted. If going inside for any reason, a new watcher should be assigned or everyone should get out of the pool
Do not use glass containers around the pool.
Go in at the first sign of thunderstorms.
No running or rough play in or near the pool.
No diving in shallow water and always steer your dive up.
Never stand or play on a pool cover.
Do not play with drains of any kind.