Home pool safety awareness is more important than ever.
Top Pool Safety Tips
- Water Watchers: Be sure to designate an adult to be a water watcher while your children play in the pool. Water watchers should maintain eye-to-eye contact and be free from distractions (meaning no phones, reading, or partaking in activities that hinder the watcher’s ability to give the swimmer their undivided attention).
- Barriers: Adding pool fences and additional barriers to the pool are a core part of water safety. Review your state’s pool fence regulations to ensure your public (and private) pools are safe for your children!
- Pool Drain Safety: To prevent instances of drain entrapment, we recommend that private pool owners follow public pool requirements set forth in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act, which requires at least two layers of protection.
Pool Drain Safety Layers of Protection
- Dual drains
- Safety vacuum release system (SVRS)
- Suction-limiting vent system
- Gravity drainage system
- Automatic pump shut-off system
- Drain disablement
- Emergency pump shutoff system
- Anti-entrapment drain covers
- 4-sided fence with locking gate
- Emergency telephone and life preserver in the pool area
- Pool alarms on gates and doors leading to the pool area
- See our Pool Drain Safety page for more information.
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The ZAC Foundation was established to prepare children and families for a lifetime of water safety. The organization works to strengthen pool safety legislation and fund advocacy, education, and effective programming surrounding water safety. Zachary’s memory is the inspiration for the Foundation’s mission and activities.