This information is intended for residents of Irvine who frequently visit and enjoy recreating at the numerous pools available in your communities. Because pools are within a public place and often are not attended by lifeguards, the Irvine Police Department urges everyone visiting our community pools to exercise personal safety by staying alert and attentive to their surroundings, to unattended children near the pool and to suspicious activities you may observe during your visit.
KEEP PERSONAL ITEMS OUT OF SIGHT: Do not leave personal items (e.g. MP3 players, cellular phones, e-readers, wallets, purses, etc) in the open if you plan to leave them unattended for extended periods of time.
CLOSE IT, AND LOCK IT: Make sure to keep the gated pool area locked. This ensures only authorized individuals will gain access.
BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS: Be aware of those around you. Generally, only residents of the community are authorized to use the pools.If you see anyone or anything suspicious near the pool, contact the Irvine Police Department. Never attempt to make contact with the suspicious person or item.
KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS: Not only does it increase neighborhood awareness and promote friendships, it also ensures everyone knows who-is-who at the pool.
BE VIGILANT WITH UNDERAGE CHILDREN: As reported by the Orange County Fire Authority, (OCFA) "a swimming pool is 14 times more likely to be involved in the death of a child age 4 and over than a motor vehicle accident ... and ... of all pre-schoolers who drown, 70% are in the care of one or both parents at the time of the drowning and 75% are missing from sight for five minutes or less."
ALCOHOL AND POOLS DON'T MIX: Bringing alcohol into the community pool areas may not just be against your home owner's association rules and regulations, but is also extremely dangerous.