June 11, 2001
Think safety first, then fun
It's almost summer and time to open your backyard swimming pool. But be careful -- pools can be dangerous.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these safety tips:
- Install a four-sided fence with self-closing and self-latching gates around the pool. The fence should be at least 4 feet tall.
- Install a telephone near the pool and post the emergency number -- 911 -- in an easy-to-see place.
- Learn CPR, in case of an accident.