CFBISD Shares Important Water Safety Tips for the Summer

Summer is here and the Texas temperatures are soaring, which calls for many children spending their vacation cooling off in the swimming pool. Although swimming is a classic summer-fun activity, it is important to remind our CFBISD students, parents and community about the importance of water safety. 

Know Before You Go is a drowning prevention and water safety education program created to provide education and resources in the DFW area. Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death for children ages 1-4 and the second-leading cause of accidental death for children under 14 years of age. More than 900 children lose their lives each year to drowning in the United States. 

Here are some statistics and rules to review from Know Before You Go’s website to help our CFBISD community stay safe this summer.

Rules Before the Pool:

  • High five before you dive- make sure your kids ALWAYS ask for permission and physically let you know before they enter the water.

  • Enroll your child in swimming lessons.

  • Assess your child’s swimming ability annually.

  • Parents, babysitters, guardians and anyone over 14 should learn CPR.

  • Teach children how to dial 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.

  • Keep a telephone near the pool. In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.

  • Have a professional pool service technician perform an annual pool safety inspection.

When your pool is being used:

  • Always assign an adult to actively supervise the pool. Request a free water watcher tag.

  • Keep constant visual contact with children in the pool. Touch supervision is essential for small children and those who can’t swim.

  • Never leave a child alone in a pool or spa even for a second.

  • Children and inexperienced swimmers should wear life jackets whenever in and around the water, even if a lifeguard is present.

  • Keep non-pool toys like big wheels, wagons, tricycles, etc. away from the pool.

  • Do not allow diving in the shallow end of the pool.

  • All toys should be taken out of the pool when not in use.

  • Never allow swimming in an unlit pool after dark.

When your pool is not in use:

  • Make sure all doors and windows leading to the pool area are locked. All latches should be above a child’s reach.

  • Restrict a child’s access to the pool when there is not adequate supervision.

  • Install a non-climbable fence with a self-locking gate.

  • Use an approved safety cover.

  • Drain standing water from pool covers.

  • Keep chairs and other climbable items away from the fence.

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