Pool Safety Tips for Summer
Written by Greg on August 7, 2015
As the summer heat hits us in full force many are turning to swimming pools, whether in home or through local community centers, in order to beat the heat. Not only does this offer a way to get cool, but for adults it offer a relaxing exercise and for children it offers fun in the sun. However, according to a report conducted by the American Red Cross, it is estimated that over 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year. Many times these deaths have arisen simply from the fact that accidents occurred because lack of caution was seen.
These unfortunate circumstances could be avoided, however if one follows some of the simple steps shown below.
- Your pool should be secured with proper barriers; from one end to the other. These barriers should be at least four feet and have a self-closing, self-latching gate. In addition, you can also ensure a barrier to your pool by utilizing a safety cover on both the pool and hot tub when not in use.
- In order to mitigate the potential for pools to be used without supervision one can install pool alarms or remove any kind of ladder, steps, or other entry points into the pool.
- Children should be under supervision at all times, even if they are not in direct vicinity of the pool. A lot can happen in an instant, including the potential for children to find their way into the pool.
- Never allow anyone to swim alone in the pool! Young children, as well as inexperienced swimmers, should be fitted with a US coast guard approved life jacket while even teens should be monitored while they are swimming.
- Everyone in the household should know how to swim and/or be enrolled in an age appropriate water orientation class in order to ensure swim knowledge is garnered. Many times local community centers, or the Red Cross have classes available.
- Ensure proper maintenance of the pool, including ensuring proper chemical levels, filtration, and circulation. Chemical levels should be monitored in order to prevent rashes, earaches, and other serious infections.
- Pools should be clean and clear. Any debris should be removed immediately, as well as ensuring that there are no animals, algae, or other potentially dangerous objects inside the pool.
- Underground pools that have chipped or broken pieces should be cared for immediately. These can lead to potentially dangerous injuries; whether minor like scratched feat or serious.
- Everyone in the home should be aware of how to respond to an emergency. For instance, it is encouraged that adults and teens take first aid and CPR courses, as well as understanding how to use specific safety equipment.
- Parents should establish specific rules in order to encourage water safety. For example, younger children must stay within a certain area of the pool, have a swim buddy, and stay away from drain covers.
Ensuring that these tips are followed will not only ensure that your children are kept free from harm, but it will also save lives as well.
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