A guardian should be designated to watch children in the water at all times. Blowing a whistle helps alert others of a child drowning and to call 911.
An alarm that can be placed on the exit of the home or in the pool alerts parents if a child steps outside or falls into the pool.
Follow the 4-4-4 rule: Install fences on all four sides of the pool, making sure they are 4 feet high with slats separated by 4 inches.
Cover spas and Jacuzzis.
Lock sliding doors and screen doors.
Orange County Fire Chief Otto Drozd said supervision and barriers are key to drowning prevention, and offered additional tips:
If a child gets away, first search all waterways such as pools, bathtubs and backyard lakes and ponds.
If the child is found, do not hesitate; call 911. The dispatcher will give directions for administering CPR.
Susan Polder, the executive director for The Gift of Swimming, went over precautionary steps for parents:
Do not encourage breath-holding competitions among kids.
No roughhousing in the pool or around the pool deck.
Keep a cellphone or landline nearby the pool in case of an emergency to call 911.
Enroll your child in swimming lessons. All children 9 months and older should be able to float in water. Children should know how to swim even when fully clothed.