There are many who dream of one day owning a swimming pool. With owning a swimming pool comes certain responsibilities, that, if ignored, can lead to serious injury or even death. In order to minimize the risks, make sure you follow these helpful tips so that you and your family remain safe at the pool.
- Install a fence that is at least 4 feet tall and make sure you have a gate that locks surrounding the pool area.
- When you’re not actively using the pool, make sure that ladders and pool equipment are removed from the area and properly stored. Items such as toys and flotation devices should be out of reach of small children. If children want to use these items, be sure to supervise them while doing so. Also, place a solid covering over the pool to prevent stumbles and falls into the pool. This is especially important to protect those who may not be the best swimmers or who may need help. Additionally, coverings will help keep debris out of the water.
- A responsible adult should be supervising young children around the pool at all times.
- Inexperienced swimmers should consider wearing a life vest.
- Invest in pool safety equipment i.e. a life hook, life rings, and safety rope. Post safety rules and make sure to enforce these rules with your family members and any guests you may have.
- Consider installing a motion-activated alarm, so that you can be alerted when someone opens the gate and enters the water while you’re not around.
- If you have young children, consider installing a back door alarm that can alert you if one of them slips outside.
- Limit the use of alcohol when using the pool. Consumption of alcohol can affect balance, coordination, and judgment.
Enjoy the warm weather and remember to follow these safety tips with your family and friends.