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.