The weather is getting warmer and soon it will be pool and swimming season. This is a great time for a reminder in water safety for everyone. The following are some tips and guidelines for adopters in Texas when passing their home study.
- Swimming pools, in-ground pools, wading pools and hot tubs must meet all the following requirements:
- When supervising, all swimming areas are visible including the bottom of the pool
- In-ground pools
- Drain grates in place, in good repair, and capable of being removed only with tools. Machinery rooms are locked at all times.
- Hot tubs
- Are covered with locking cover when not in use.
- 2 Life-saving devices are present for all bodies of water other than wading pools and hot tubs
- A reach pole, life preserver ring, backboard, buoy, or safety throw bag with brightly colored buoyant rope/throw line is available for all bodies of water other than wading pools and hot tubs.
After a child has been placed in your home, the following must be in place before your first post-placement visit.
- Swimming pools, in-ground pools, wading pools, and hot tubs meet all requirements:
- Children 3 and older are informed of house rules & safety precautions for pool use.
- There is adequate adult supervision to protect children from unsupervised pool access.
- Pool covers completely removed & pump/filtering system turned off prior to pool use
- Pool chemicals and pumps are inaccessible to all children
- Wading pools – less than 2 feet of water and empty when not in use
- If children swim in a natural body of water, adults are aware of and agree to all requirements:
- Swimming areas are clearly designated, activity rules are clearly explained to children
- Two adults to supervise children (a life guard can count as second adult)
- A child wears an appropriate sized life jacket while boating, or if unable to swim, and participating in water activities in more than 2 feet of water, or if ordered by physician for a child with medical issues/disability.
- When a non-ambulatory or seizure prone child is swimming, one adult is responsible for one child. Requirement is waived if licensed physician orders in writing that child is a low-seizure risk or only needs to wear an approved life jacket and that special precautions are not needed.
To learn more about water safety, please visit Red Cross