Safety in and Around Your Pool

Swimming pool safety should always be the top of your priority list when the seasons start changing and warmer weather is approaching; this summer is no different....

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Swimming pool safety should always be the top of your priority list when the seasons start changing and warmer weather is approaching; this summer is no different. Here are 11 safety tips to follow for pool safety.

  1. Establish Rules
  • Have a set of established rules that are followed without fail. Especially if children frequently use the pool, creating protocol for pool use can prevent safety hazards, and in the event that something does happen, there is a procedure in place to minimize damage.
  1. Always Supervise Children
  • Children should always have adult supervision while in or around a pool. Adults should also be aware of each child’s swimming ability. If a child cannot swim or has swimming skills that are not sufficient enough to go in deeper water, adult chaperones should be aware of that and make guidelines accordingly by defining designated areas that the children can swim in. That being said, children around the pool should have basic swimming skills for their safety.
  • Additionally, children should always be within arm’s reach of the adult supervisor.
  1. First Aid
  • Have a first-aid kit that is ready and up to date. This should be stocked with things like bandaids, sterile needles, soap, antiseptic, etc.
  1. Life Jackets
  • Having coast guard-approved life jackets are recommended, especially for inexperienced swimmers.
  1. Life Rings
  • For larger pools, a life ring is recommended as an added safety measure.
  1. Rescue Pole
  • A 12-foot rescue pole that has dull ends is recommended
  1. Phone
  • Have a phone readily available to dial 9-1-1. If an unfortunate event does occur, easy access to phone service is essential.
  1. Gate
  • Having a gate around the pool is multifunctional. These gates should be secured to limit access to the pool area, keep out unwanted guests, and prevent children from entering without permission or supervision.
  1. Pool Cover
  • Another multi-purpose tool is a pool cover. It not only prevents evaporation and debris from entering the pool, some types can keep small children out of the pool or keep them safe if they happen to fall in.
  • Additionally, there are pool covers specifically designed to not accumulate water on top, for added safety reassurance.
  1. Pool Alarm
  • A pool alarm is another layer of protection to promote safety and security. This can be set to activate when the pool gate is opened without authorization. There are also water alarms that will sound when someone enters the pool.
  1. Alcohol Intake
  • Be mindful of alcohol intake while in or around a pool. Excessive alcohol intake can impair judgment and coordination. Just like driving, alcohol can affect swimming skills, and it also lowers a person’s ability to stay warm.

In addition to these tips, the Red Cross offers home pool safety courses and first aid CPR/AED courses. Education and being prepared are ways to prevent safety hazards and minimize accidents for a safe and fun time at the pool. Perform proper pool remodeling now and enjoy the safe pool.

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