Summer Pool Safety
Water is beautiful but it can also be dangerous if you are not careful. Enjoy the water to the best of your ability by observing some tips.
If you have a pool…
1. Make sure that it is supervised while in use – Keep your kids and their friends safe during summer play. Don’t leave them unattended even if they can swim.
2. Keep all electrical devices away from the pool – Electricity and water don’t mix. Make sure that all cords and machinery or electric tools are not in the vicinity of the pool where they can cause danger.
3. Keep the pool covered when not in use – This reduces the risk of someone falling in and drowning.
4. Drain the pool between uses – This applies to quick set-up pools. Draining the water keeps them from being a hazard to kids playing outside.
5. Create rules – Make sure that everyone observes them. Don’t allow running on the pool deck or horseplay on the ladder steps.
6. Add a fence around the pool – A fence can keep neighbors and pets from gaining access to your pool. Some regulations say that the fence should be at least four feet high. You can also install alarms on the gate to alert you if anyone opens it.
If you are visiting the neighborhood pool…
1. Watch your kids – To keep your kids safe, keep your eyes on them. Don’t depend on the lifeguard to see if something happens to them. Alert the lifeguard if you can’t find your child in the water.
2. Wear sunscreen – Use waterproof sunscreen so you and your family are protected from the sun’s rays during your time in the pool.
3. No diving in the pool – It can lead to head injuries and even death. Unless there is a diving board and you or your child are experienced at swimming and diving, avoid it.
4. Learn to swim – Everyone needs to learn to swim. It can save your life. Even if kids are just bouncing around in the water, knowing how to swim can keep them from panicking if they are pushed or fall into the pool.
5. Learn CPR – Know how to rescue another if a child is in trouble in the water.
6. Use equipment wisely – Don’t use equipment or toys in the pool that don’t belong there. If a device is not made for flotation, don’t count on it to save your life.
7. Wear a life vest – If your child can’t swim, a life vest will help protect them while playing in the water.
Spending time in the water should be fun. And, it will be as long as you stay safe. Remember you can never be to safe as an adult or for a child.