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15 pool safety tips for summer.

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From cannon balls to belly flops, splash wars to sunbathing, days by the pool are supposed to be fun and stress-free. And with a few safety precautions, they will be.

As you prepare your pool to be the staple of the summer, consider these important (but easy-to-implement) safety tips:

  1. Sign up for swim lessons. Do your kids know how to swim? If they need help learning how, see which organizations are offering instructional courses.
  2. Get certified in CPR. At least one person in every household should be trained to do this life-saving technique. Because for every minute without it, a person’s chance of survival decreases by 10 percent.
  3. Fill your first-aid kit. Not sure what to stock it with? We’ve got you covered. Take a look at our blog: The anatomy of a first-aid kit.
  4. Invest in rescue equipment. Every pool should have a high-quality life preserver, and have it nearby.
  5. Stay within arm’s reach. No child should ever be left unattended. Even when your kids are old enough to be in the water alone, they should still be supervised.
  6. Establish rules for your pool. Taking precautions around your pool could make all the difference.
  7. Discourage diving. No matter how deep the waters, amateur diving is dangerous.
  8. Walk, don’t run. On a slippery surface, running often leads to falling.
  9. Stay away from the drain. Its suction is stronger than you think. If it gets hold of hair, jewelry or a bathing suit, it can actually trap someone under water. (For this reason, we recommend keeping a pair of scissors easily accessible to adults, but out of reach of children.)
  10. Don’t swim in a storm. Did you know water conducts electricity? It’s what makes swimming and lightning such a dangerous combination. Keep your eye on the weather, and when you see/hear a storm, head back inside.
  11. Fence it in. Consider a fence that completely encloses your pool. It should be at least four feet high. Bonus points if it has a gate that closes and locks on its own.
  12. Remove steps and ladders. Have an above-ground pool? Make sure a child can’t climb into it when they’re not supposed to.
  13. Keep it covered. Don’t risk accidental drowning. When your pool’s not in use, it should be securely covered.
  14. Stick to a maintenance schedule. To reduce the risk of earaches and rashes, test and adjust your pool’s chemical levels on a regular basis.
  15. Safely store your pool chemicals. Keep them in a cool, dry spot, away from sunlight. They should also be out of any child’s (or pet’s) reach.


Have a pool on your property? Make sure you have a proper home insurance policy. Talk to an independent agent in your area.

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