Supervising children during pool time play is only one of several important steps parents and caregivers should take to help prevent accidents and drownings in the backyard swimming pool. But, what does proper supervision really mean?
Adequate supervision is active supervision. The designated “water watcher” should keep his or her attention focused on the children in the pool at all times. Books, cell phones, conversations with friends, and other distractions should be put aside until another responsible adult takes his or her turn providing supervision.
Accidents can happen in a split second, so keeping both eyes on the action in a swimming pool is essential to ensure safe swimming. Learn more about proper pool supervision in the following video produced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Pool Safely campaign: