A misconception exists in that when someone is drowning the event is loud and filled with screams for help and splashing water. This is far from the reality. Drowning occurs silently and without warning. Adult supervision, without distraction, is vitally important. Put down the smart phone and pay attention to the water.
For home pool owners and managers:
• Install a fence around the perimeter of the pool.
• Use self-closing latches and gates.
• Install a door alarm from the house to the pool area.
• Have lifesaving equipment nearby such as life rings or reaching poles. Commercial and public pools should have an AED readily available and personnel trained on how to use it if needed.