Tucson Fire reminds of pool safety tips as weather gets warmer
Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Tucson Fire Department wants to remind parents and caregivers of pool safety tips, as the weather gets warmer, and more children will be in the pool.
Capt. Barrett Baker with TFD tells KGUN9 that the three things to remember are active adult supervision, barriers and CPR classes.
Baker says an adult always needs to be in charge of watching children while they swim. This adult must supervise the children without any distraction.
Baker also says pool fencing is a must, as the City of Tucson requires by law that every pool have a five-foot high permanent fence that surrounds the pool, and the gates need to be self-latching.
The fences should not have any gaps or openings and adults should not leave items that children could climb onto near the fence.
Also, Baker says toys in or around the pool area should be removed so children are not tempted to go toward them.
Parents should take CPR classes and teach their children to swim at the appropriate age. Pediatricians can recommend a good age to begin swim lessons.