Get out of the pool and head indoorsKeep swimming — lightning can't strike waterGet out of the water but stay nearbyCall 9-1-1
Get out of the water immediately!
At the first sign of an oncoming thunderstorm, you should get out of the water and head indoors immediately! Lightning frequently strikes bodies of water (which conduct electricity very well), so it's extremely dangerous to be anywhere near a pool during a thunderstorm. Go inside and wait it out!
Pool toysA life vestWater wings/floatiesThat awkward bubble in your swimsuit
Toys like beach balls and floaties are not appropriate personal flotation devices for pooltime. Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard–approved life jackets around water. And remember: These devices should NEVER substitute adult supervision!
Not only should you protect your skin with sunscreen that has SPF protection, but you should also drink plenty of water regularly, even if you're not thirsty, and avoid drinks that contain alcohol or caffeine!
You're finished with a long jogYou're trying to catch catfishYou're with a responsible adultIt's NEVER OK to swim in a canal
Don't swim in canals!
Canals transport water across the Valley. They are not for swimming. DON'T EVER SWIM IN CANALS! Enjoy the parks and jogging trails around canals in your area, but leave the swimming to the pool!
Should be encouraged to hold their breath as long as possibleShould be supervised by an adult at all timesShould always keep their heads above waterShould really understand the history of Marco Polo before playing the game
Kids should be supervised by an adult at all times!
Kids should be supervised around the pool at all times by a responsible adult, and older kids and teenagers should always swim with a buddy who can watch their back. When supervising kids, avoid distractions like phones, computers, TV, and anything else that will take your attention away from the pool. Accidents only take a second!
Get it out with a long stickJust let it go, man. Frisbees are super cheap. Buy a new one!Wade into the water slowly and carefully to retrieve the FrisbeeSend your least favorite friend into the canal to get the Frisbee
Dude, just buy a new Frisbee!
You should never approach the water in a canal because the banks are super slippery, and there's a strong water current that makes it difficult to get out. If your Frisbee falls into a canal, it's best just to let it go!
No more than one minuteNo more than 10 secondsYou should never leave a kid unattended around waterAs long as you want! Kids six months and younger are amphibious.
NEVER leave a child unattended in the bathtub!
We can't repeat this enough: You should NEVER, EVER, EVER leave a child unattended in the bathtub or around any amount of water for any amount of time. A child can drown in any amount of water (even less than a teaspoon), so avoid answering the phone or sending that funny text until after bathtime!
Leave them there until next timePut them on the side of the poolBurn themTake them far away from the pool area
Get 'em outta there!
Look at this beach ball. Don't you just want to jump in and play with it? And you're an adult! Just imagine how kids feel when they see this! Be sure to keep pool toys out of the water and out of kids' reach when not in use. That way, your kids can't plan an unscheduled pool party without your help!
You can never be too good of a swimmer!
Learning to swim is a lifelong skill, and it's never too late to learn! Sign up the whole family for swimming lessons. It's also a good form of exercise and a great way to keep cool in the Arizona heat!
The pool is overfilled with waterThe water depth is not clearly markedThere's no fence around the poolThere's no ladder in the deep end
Where's the fence?!
Every pool should be surrounded by a childproof fence, far enough away from furniture, trees, and ledges so as not to be climbed over. Kids are extremely clever, so think of yours like they're a jewel thief and your pool is the Crown Jewels. Make it IMPOSSIBLE to get to the pool without your help!
If you dial 9-1-1 from your cell phone, they automatically know your locationAvoid using your phone around the pool, except in the case of an emergencyEveryone in your family should have basic CPR trainingIt's OK for the family pet to play in the pool with kids under adult supervision
9-1-1 has no idea where you are!
It's always wise to supervise kids (and pets) in the pool, to know basic CPR, and to avoid using phones during pooltime. However, it's important to remember you must give 9-1-1 your address in the case of an emergency. They can't track your mobile phone, so tell 'em where you are!
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