Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Importance of Safety Around Swimming Pools

As the spring and summer seasons are just around the corner, sparkling blue waters will look increasingly inviting. Whether you're a residential pool owner, or spend hours at your community pool, it's critical that you and your family recognize the importance of safety around swimming pools. While pools are a place where summertime memories are built, one minute of absent-mindedness can bring disastrous consequences. 

Make sure members of your family are on the same page about pool safety, as well as how to help someone who is drowning. Taking a few minutes throughout the season to refresh your pool safety skills could save a life.

General Pool and Spa Safety Tips
  • Never let children into the pool or spa area without supervision.
  • Do not let children run in the pool area.
  • Never allow children or adults to dive in the shallow end.
  • Teach your children to avoid the drains, exposes pipes, and other opening to avoid being trapped.
  • Make sure there is a phone close by in case of an emergency.
  • If you notice a child is missing, always check the spa or pool first.
  • Review your family's pool safety rules and procedures with friends and neighbors who use your pool/spa.
Helpful Pool Safety Tips

Learn how to swim. If you don't know how to swim, you will be devastated in the event that you aren't able to help someone else. Check with your localYMCA or Parks & Rec to sign up for adult swim classes. The more comfortable you are in the water, the more comfortable you will be helping someone else.

Teach Your Children to Swim. Whether you opt to teach your children to swim yourself, or enroll them in swim classes, learning to swim will provide a lifetime of safe and enjoyable water fun. During swimming lessons, your children will learn water safety and rescue tips, as well as floating- and water survival skills that can help them should they get into trouble.

Take a First Aid & CPR Class. Basic First Aid and CPR is a handy thing to know in general but it is especially important if you have a backyard pool or spa. Your first aid and CPR knowledge can help keep a drowning victim alive until professional medical attention arrives.

Safety Equipment for Your Pool and Spa

Having the right equipment in and around your pool or spa area can go a long way towards pool-related injury prevention. Here are things to consider:
  • Have a four-foot enclosure with self-latching gates around your pool and/or spa. Ask your neighbors to do the same.
  • Use lockable covers to prevent children from entering the water without your permission/supervision
  • Install childproof latches on doors and windows on residential walls that serve as the "fourth barrier" of your pool or spa area. You may also want to install an alarm (and use it!) on the door that accesses the pool.
  • Make sure your pool and spa covers are in good working order
For more information about pool/spa safety, visit www.poolsafely.gov. Attention to safety will ensure that good memories are the only memories made this summer.


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