If entertaining around the pool, consider hiring a lifeguard for the day.
Maintain your pool. Keep the water clear and clean so visibility is kept at a maximum.
Position all swimming pool jets in such a way that any floating objects will end up in the shallow end of the pool close to the steps or ladder.
Remove all toys and floating objects from the pool when it is not in use.
Never allow bikes and ‘rideable’ toys in the pool area.
Have a telephone jack installed by the pool. Never go to answer the door or phone while your children are swimming, or your pool is unprotected.
Buy and have on hand equipment approved by the US Coast Guard: life preservers, life jackets, shepherd’s crook, etc. Make sure children’s’ caregivers and supervisors know all the safety precautions and are fully trained in CPR.
If you have a pool safety fence – do not leave chairs, ladders or other objects near the pool that would allow a child to climb up and over the fence. Make sure all fence gates have self-closing latches.