Water Safety

Tips and Reminders for You and Your Children

Massachusetts has regulations for pools, spas and hot tubs!

3500 people in the US die from drowning every year - 1 in 5 are children.

  • A 4-foot-high barrier must enclose the swimming area – even if you don't have children.
  • Access gates must self-close, lock, and open outward from the swimming area.
  • Opening/locking mechanism must be located 54 inches high or on the pool side of the gate.
  • Access ladders or steps should be removed, locked, or secured to prevent usage by children.

Check with your city/town hall for any additional regulations

Remember the ABCs of Water Safety:

  • Adult – be sure there is adult supervision at all times.
  • Barrier – follow state and local regulations for proper safety equipment.
  • CPR – learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation to improve the outcome for drowning victims.

Pools aren't the only risk: Landscaping water features also are safety hazards. These include Koi ponds, fountains, waterfalls, or any other contained water.

Water Safety Checklist:

  • Never leave a child alone near a pool or other body of water.
  • Actively supervise children at all times.
  • Stay within close reach of preschool-age children.
  • Provide locked safety barriers for swimming area when not in use.
  • Keep climbable objects away from pool barrier.
  • Teach children about water safety.
  • Learn CPR – use infant CPR until age 1 then child CPR until age 8.
  • Be alert when visiting homes with a pool.
  • Remove toys from pool after use.
  • Do not rely on air-filled or foam toys. They are not designed for safety.
  • Always use US Coast Guard approved life jackets when boating.