*Never leave small children unsupervised—not even for a few seconds. (Also, removing toys or floats from the pool when it’s not in use will reduce the temptation for little ones to jump in.)
*Completely surround the pool with a four-sided barrier, such as a fence with self-closing gates. If your home makes up any of the four surrounding sides, consider installing alarms on doors that lead out to the pool to prevent small children from accidentally wandering out into the area.
*Make sure any regular pool users know how to swim. If you have children, have them take swimming lessons as early as possible. Also, beginners or learners should always be accompanied in the pool by a strong swimmer.
*Check the pool area regularly for glass bottles and other potential accident hazards. Also, keep electrical devices (radios, fans, portable device chargers) away from pools or nearby wet surfaces.
*Alcohol and water do NOT mix. Limit alcoholic beverage consumption around the pool: The CDC reports that alcohol use is involved in 70% of all adolescent and adult deaths associated with water recreation.
*For more information on how to have a safe and happy summer, PoolSafely.gov has a raft of great safety tips and other resources.