Pool and Spa Owners
Most of all pre-school drowning occur in a home
pool. This happens at the child's own home,
when visiting a friend or relative or wandering
through neighbouring properties.
you familiar with the law on fencing of
pools and Spas?
But remember, even if your pool fencing does
fully comply with the current Act, (Development
and Planning Act 1974) you still have to
Protect your children (and those in your
neighbourhood) by observing the following
Post rules such as: No running," "No
pushing," "No dunking" and "Never swim
alone." Enforce the rules.
child how to swim DOES NOT mean your child
is safe in the water.
your children alone in or near the pool,
even for a moment. Don't be distracted by
doorbells, phone calls, chores or
conversations. If you must leave the pool
area, take the child with you, making sure
the pool gate latches securely when it
closes. During social gatherings at or near
a pool, appoint a "designated watcher" to
protect young children from pool accidents.
Adults may take turns being the "watcher."
When adults become preoccupied, children are
Keep toys out of and away from the pool area
when not in use. Young children playing with
or reaching for toys could accidentally fall
in the water.
Never use a pool with its pool cover
partially in place, since children may
become entrapped under it. Remove the cover
Instruct baby sitters about potential pool
hazards to young children and about the use
of protective devices, such as door alarms
and latches. Emphasize the need for constant
supervision. Be sure the person watching
your child knows how to swim, to get
emergency help and to perform CPR.
If a child is missing, check the pool first.
Seconds count in preventing death or
disability. Go to the edge of the pool and
scan the entire pool, bottom and surface.
The self latching gate is never propped
Nothing is left lying around that could be
used to climb over the fence.
Fence and gate are in good working order.
Gate latches should have no resistance to
There are non-skid surfaces on the sides of
the pool, steps and ladders
The spa pool cover is locked when the spa is
not in use.
The spa pool is equipped with dual drains
and drain covers that are required by
current safety standards.
Keep rescue equipment (such as a shepherd's
crook or rescue tube) and a telephone with
emergency numbers noted by the pool.
Remember, no matter how good your fence and
gate are there is no substitute for adequate
First Aid and Emergency Care
Courses are provided by any of the following
three charitable organisations:
Bermuda Emergency Medical Technicians
Bermuda Red Cross 236-8253 and St. John
Ambulance Brigade 291-0808