Many of us enjoy the summer months in a swimming pool under the sun relaxing the days away. But just as we enjoy spending our time swimming we must do it safely. That is why rules are put in place to keep adults and children safe around a pool. For children, pool safety is of the upmost importance as many drowning accidents occur among them. According to the Red Cross, drowning is the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 to 4. Educate your loved ones and friends about the safety rules when it comes to enjoying your pool.
Pool Safety Precautions:
- Install a fence that completely surrounds the pool. Important features in a fence include self-closing gates, door alarms, locks, and safety covers to keep children safe.
- Your children should never be left unsupervised around a pool. To avoid tempting children, toys and floats should never be left in the pool or where they can reach them.
- Keep children away from filters or other mechanical devices with suction force that may injure or prevent them from surfacing. Know how to shut devices down in case of an emergency and make sure to post instructions to help others with procedures.
- Have your children take swimming lessons, do not allow them to swim alone and always accompanied by a good swimmer.
- Check your pool daily for any potential accident hazards such as glass bottles and electronic devices.
- In the event of an accident, have emergency numbers posted along with a first aid kit and reaching poles near the pool. Look into taking basic water rescue skills such as first aid and CPR training.