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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Invest in rescue equipment. Every pool should have a high-quality life preserver, and have it nearby.
- 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.
- Establish rules for your pool. Taking precautions around your pool could make all the difference.
- Discourage diving. No matter how deep the waters, amateur diving is dangerous.
- Walk, don’t run. On a slippery surface, running often leads to falling.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- Remove steps and ladders. Have an above-ground pool? Make sure a child can’t climb into it when they’re not supposed to.
- Keep it covered. Don’t risk accidental drowning. When your pool’s not in use, it should be securely covered.
- 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.
- 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.