Water Safety

Young Child Ministries

Young children are naturally drawn to water. It is exciting and fun, but water can be very dangerous for the unsuspecting young child. Be sure that all bodies of water are inaccessible without direct adult supervision. Pools, including swimming pools (in-ground and above ground), fixed-in place wading pools, hot tubs, spas, fish ponds or similar bodies of water, should be covered or surrounded by a fence.



  • Make sure the fence is at least five feet high and constructed so that the fence does not obscure the pool from view.
  • Fences and gates should swing away from the pool, self close, and have a self-latching device located no more than six inches from the top of the gate.
  • Pool covers should be strong enough to completely support the weight of an adult and be placed on the pool and locked while the pool is not in use.


  • Make these types of pools inaccessible when not in use by removing or making the ladder inaccessible, or erecting a barricade to prevent access to decking.
  • If a barricade is used, the barricade should follow the requirements listed above for bodies of water in-ground. 

Be sure to have an operative pump and filtering system should accompany all in-ground pools and all above-ground pools that cannot be emptied after each use.



Water  activitiescan provide wonderful learning experiences for young children. Just keep a few things in mind:

  • Because young children are not yet steady on their feet, wading pools, basins and water tables/trays can still present a drowning hazard. 
  • Young children like to taste water as well as feel it. Be sure to use clean water that has not been sitting out for hours or days.
  • Use sunscreen while out-of-doors.
  • End water activities before young children become too tired or exhausted. Fatigue can instigate accidents.
  • When a water activity has concluded, remember to empty the water-filled container.

Pool Safety: Simple Steps Save Live

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges families to use the water safety steps that work best for them, building on preferred safety techniques and adopting new ones to keep everyone protected in pools and spas. CPSC offers a comprehensive library of brochures, reports, videos and checklists on pool and spa safety for the general public, including parents and families. Continue Reading... Visit their website to learn about the many water safety steps to be used at public and residential pools and spas and access helpful CPSC Pool Safely materials, including brochures, tip cards and educational videos. A few samples are attached here.

Steps Save Lives

Learn how simple safety steps save lives in and around pools and spas.
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Pool & Spa Owners

Discover what you need to know about your residential pool or spa.
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Learn more about what you can do to keep kids safe at your own pool or at community pools and spas.
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Education & Training

Discover a wealth of information for parents and families on pool and spa safety.
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Kid's Corner

Children will enjoy CPSC’s educational videos and interactive activities while learning about pool safety and family fun in the water.
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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) reported that about one out of eight public pool inspections conducted in 13 states in 2008 resulted in pools being closed immediately due to serious code violations. The report further stated that overall inspections of child care facility pools had the highest percentage of immediate closure. Inspection of wading pools and interactive fountains had the highest percentage of disinfectant violations. Improper disinfectant and ph levels in the water can result in transmission of germs, which may cause viral infections.


Swimmers are encouraged to take action by following the triple A’s of Healthy Swimming: Awareness, Action, and Advocacy.



                        Learn about Recreational Water Illnesses (RWIs)



·         Don’t swim when you have diarrhea

·         Don’t swallow pool water

·         Practice good hygiene

·         Take your kids on bathroom breaks or check diapers often

·         Change diapers in a bathroom or diaper changing area, not at poolside

·         Wash children thoroughly with soap and water before they go swimming

·         Check pool water quality yourself using test strips purchased at a local store

·         Ask a pool operator about chlorine and ph levels and the latest pool inspection score



·         Encourage pool operators to take the steps shown to kill the germs that cause RWIs

·         Educate other swimmers about RWIs to promote healthy swimming


To read the article titled “Pool Inspection Data Shows Need for Improvements” in its entirety, visit CDCP’s website.