Nothing is more refreshing or fun than cooling off from the hot summer sun in a pool with family and friends. However, pools can be very dangerous if safety concerns are not addressed. Here are few tips to keep your pool safe.
Putt up secure barriers– Surround your pool with at least a 4 foot high fence with a self-closing and self-latching gate. Make sure to keep your pool covered with a safety cover when not in use. An alarm is great to have to alert you if anyone enters the pool when not in use.
Keep your pool clean. Maintain the proper chemical levels, circulation, and filtration as directed by the manufacturer and your installers. This will decrease the chances of swimmers getting rashes, earaches or waterborne diseases.
Keep children under supervision- According to USA swimming, One out of five fatal drowning victims are younger than 14 and most young children who drown in pools were out of sight for less than 5 minutes while in the care of one or both parents or guardians. Make sure you pay attention to where your children are and that they are being safe.
Make sure everyone knows how to swim- Studies have shown that formalized swimming lessons for children ages 1-4 can reduce the risk of drowning by 88%. Enroll children and weak swimmers in swim classes to prevent drowning. Have young or inexperienced swimmers in U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
Establish Rules- Establish rules and enforce them. Type of rules can be “always swim with a buddy”, “no running”, or “no diving” for shallower pools.
Hopefully these tips will keep your pool fun and safe!