A lot of people dream of having their very own swimming pool, their very own personal escape from the heat on hot summer days. It’s important to understand the responsibilities that go along with owning and maintaining a swimming pool as well as the potential risks.
Swimming pools are meant to be enjoyed, giving many relief from blistering temperatures. If you’re a parent, always keep an eye on your children when they are either in the water or on the pool deck.
Here are a few ways you can protect your loved ones while they are enjoying their time at the pool:
- If you’re a parent, always keep an eye on your children when they are either in the water or on the pool deck.
- When no one is using the pool, remove any flotation equipment that a small child could possibly get their hands on.
- When children are in the pool, an adult should always be present, ready to take action at a moment’s notice should they need help. Getting distracted is easy. It’s important to stay focused on the children when they’re in the pool.
- Inexperienced swimmers should wear either a life jacket or “water wings”.
- Buy some pool safety equipment i.e. life hook, life rings, or a safety rope. A leaf skimmer is a good tool to keep around since it’s a net that’s attached to a long metal pole. Any object that someone can grab on to is good to have around. Once they grab ahold of the pole, they can be dragged to safety.
- Make sure you and the rest of your family are familiar with how to apply first-aid and CPR. The American Red Cross, fire departments, and hospitals all offer CPR certification courses.
- Consider installing an alarm for when someone opens the gate to your pool without your knowledge.
- Limit alcohol consumption when you, your family, or your guests are around the pool area. Consuming alcohol can lead to losing your balance. According to the CDC, half of swimming pool deaths of teenagers and adults were the direct result of drinking alcohol.
We hope everyone is able to enjoy the beautiful weather this summer all while being safe! We’re here for you!