Expert Tips To Make Your Pool Safer

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Expert Tips To Make Your Pool Safer

Is your pool safe? (Mrak75/Flickr)
Is your pool safe? (Mrak75/Flickr)

After a recent spate of high-profile drownings this summer, we spoke with lifeguarding consultant Francesco Pia about how to keep your pool safe. Here are some of his water safety tips:

  • 1. A pool should be fenced in with a fence at least four feet high and without spaces longer than four inches at any juncture.
  • 2. The fence should include a self-closing, self-latching gate and a child-proof lock.
  • 3. Keep toys off the deck of the pool. They attract children.
  • 4. Use 'touch supervision' — whenever a child is in the water, an adult should be in the water, too, close enough to be able to reach out and touch the child.

This program aired on August 12, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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