It’s summertime, and the pool is open! We’ve waited all year long to hang out by the pool, catch some sun, and let the kids burn off some of that endless energy. Whether you’re splashing around in your backyard, or at the neighborhood watering hole, here are some essential pool safety tips to keep in mind this summer.
Stay close and Be Alert Watching Children In and Around the Pool
- Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water.
- Teach children basic water safety tips as early as possible. Research suggests that early childhood swimming lessons or “swim survival” classes aimed at infants and toddlers reduce the chance of drowning. However, supervision is still recommended for little ones, even if they’ve taken classes.
- Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings to avoid entrapments.
- Have a telephone close by when you or your family is using a pool or spa.
- If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first.
- Share safety instructions with family, friends, and neighbors.
Learn and Practice Water Safety Skills
- Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim, but don’t assume you can let your guard down.
- Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly.
- Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency.
Have Appropriate Safety Equipment for Pool or Spa
- Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
- Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
- If your house serves as the fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms, and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing pools or spas.
- Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water
- Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers, and ask your pool service provider if you do not know
- Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order
- Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm
Additional Pool Safety Tips
- Consider a pair of arm floaties. Some even have an extra inflatable part that goes across the chest for added buoyancy.
- Establish ground and water rules. Kids need to understand why it’s dangerous to run around on the pool deck. Also, teach them that dunking their friends isn’t funny or safe. And lastly, not all toys are meant for use in the pool.
Taking steps with these pool safety tips will allow you and everyone else to have fun with less worry and fear. And that’ll make it that much more enjoyable for everyone.
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