At swimming pool, be prepared for emergency, watch kids

by Tom Simplot

Apr 26, 2015

With just a few weeks left of school and temperatures on the rise, apartment-community pools will be big draws for the summer. The Arizona Multihousing Association has once again teamed up with the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona to help provide water-safety resources.

Thanks to aggressive media and education campaigns, more parents and other adults know how important it is to watch children around water.

Apartment communities have latching gates to protect young children from entering pool areas alone.

Be prepared for emergency

  • Check out where you are in the community. Be able to tell first responders where you are and at which pool if there’s an emergency.
  • Double check that you locked the pool gate completely. Don’t prop the door ajar for friends or while you run back and forth to your home.
  • Keep your phone near the pool.
  • Know where equipment is located. There usually are a pole, rope and life preserver near community pools.

For young children

  • Be sure an adult is watching a young child around the pool at all times.
  • Use a flotation device in and around the water if needed.
  • Do not allow children to run around the pool.
  • Pay attention to kids in shallow water and hot tubs.
  • Keep toys, bicycles and larger playthings away from the pool.
  • Do not allow pets in the pool. Most apartment communities forbid this.