Children have a natural curiosity and attraction to water. Follow these important tips from Pasadena Fire Department to keep your little ones safe this summer:
• Never assume your child is water-safe even if he or she has had lessons. Children shouldn’t be left alone near a pool or spa, or by a lake, river or ocean, even for a second.
• If you’re planning a pool party, the first item on your to-do list is to assign someone to watch swimmers at all times. Instruct that person not to look away from the pool and to keep children from running, pushing or jumping on other swimmers, diving into shallow water or screaming (this could mask a real emergency.).
• Have children stay out of the pool after a heavy meal or during a storm, and never let them carry glasses or bottles around the deck.
• Keep life-saving equipment and a cordless phone near your pool. (Plastic inner tubes, inflatable armbands and other toys won’t save a life!) If an emergency happens, call 9-1-1 right away and don’t hang up until the operator does.
• Once everyone dries off for the day, lock the gate and store any tricycles and pool toys that might attract children to the area.
For more information visit www.cityofpasadena.net/fire and click on Public Safety Tips or call 744-4675.