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Childproofing Your Pool and Swimming Safety

Gloucester Township Police Community Safety Tip: 



Children can drown in less than 2 inches of water. That means drowning can happen in a sink, toilet bowl, fountains, buckets, inflatable pools, or small bodies of standing water around your home, such as ditches filled with rainwater.

• Never leave a child unsupervised near a pool including a portable "kiddy" pool even for a few seconds.
• Do not use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.
• During social gatherings at or near a pool, appoint a ''designated watcher'' to protect young children from pool accidents. Adults may take turns being the ''watcher.'' When adults become preoccupied, children are at risk.
• Do not consider young children ''drown-proof'' because they have had swimming lessons. They should still always be watched carefully while swimming.
• Completely fence the pool and install self-closing and self-latching gates. Position latches out of reach of young children.
• Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Baby sitters and other caretakers, such as grandparents and older siblings should also know CPR.
• If a child is missing, check the pool first. Seconds count in preventing a death or disability
• Faulty or missing drain covers can be an entrapment hazard to swimmers, so make sure your pool and all its drains, pipes, and openings have been inspected by a pool safety inspector. Advise children to stay away from drains and openings while swimming.

Gloucester Township Police Department
1261 Chews Landing Rd
Gloucester Township, NJ 08021

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 856-228-4500