There is no better way to escape from the heat than taking a nice dip in your pool. Backyard pools are a great way to unwind and relax with loved ones but can pose risks when people don’t follow the safety rules or guidelines.
In fact, more than 3,700 people drowned in the United States in 2016, the National Safety Council (NSC) reports. Drowning deaths are particularly prevalent among babies and toddlers. It is the leading cause of preventable death for 1- to 4-year-olds in 2016.
These 8 pool safety tips will help ensure that your family and friends can enjoy your oasis safely and responsibly.
Pool Safety Tips
- Keep young children in arms reach. This not only allows you to keep an eye on them but provides comfort to children so they know they are able to get your attention in the event of an incident.
- Put a fence around it! Having a 4-foot or higher fence with self-latching or self-closing gates can help ensure that young children can’t access the pool and prevents people from being able to accidentally fall in. (Red Cross)
- Establish rules! There are the standard rules of no running, no dunking, no swimming without an adult, and no diving which is always encouraged. Diving, in particular, comes with a variety of dangerous scenarios, which is why diving boards are not advised. They only encourage diving and can cause head injuries.
- Inflatables Beware! Inflatables are great pool fun but should be limited to one in the pool at a time. This ensures you can always see everyone in the pool.
- As the homeowner, you are responsible! Get trained in CPR and/or first aid, accompany all guests to the pool to ensure responsible use, have prepared emergency equipment nearby (i.e. flotation device, first aid kit, scissors)
- Teach your kids how to swim! Basic water safety maneuvers and an introductory swimming skill level will go a long way to ensuring their safety. If they cannot swim utilize proper personal flotation devices to assist them.
- Be aware of possible entrapments such as drains, pipes, and openings. Make sure to tell children to stay away as well. In many cases, you should have installed drain grates or covers that meet safety standards.
- Keep your pool or hot tub water clean and clear. Maintain proper chemical levels, circulation, and filtration. Regularly test and adjust the chemical levels to minimize the risk of earaches, rashes or more serious diseases. (Red Cross)
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