There’s no better way to cool off when the weather is hot than going
for a swim in your pool. Now that the weather is getting warmer, millions
of American families will spend more time having fun in their swimming
pools. Although pool activities are a great way to bond with your family
members, swimming can be dangerous if the proper safety precautions aren’t in place.
Every year, nearly 200 children die in backyard swimming pools because
of drowning accidents. Because a drowning accident can occur anytime you
are around a large body of water, it is important to stay up to date with
the most current safety guidelines and suggestions. In this blog, we give
you some swimming pool safety tips that can help keep you and your family
safe the next time you go swimming.
How to Make your Pool Safer
The flowing are few simple things that you can do to maintain a safe swimming
- Make a border around your pool with a fence that is at least 5-ft. tall.
- Use self-latching gates that are high enough for a child to be unable to reach.
- Store rescue gear and a telephone near the area you swim at in case of
- Invest in a good first-aid kit that can be used for common pool injuries.
- Take a CPR or swimming pool rescue safety course.
- Teach your kids about the dangers of swallowing pool water.
- Always wash or shower after you go swimming.
- Maintain the proper chemical levels, circulation, and filtration that your
Keep an Eye on Small Children
Don’t leave small children unattended when they are swimming. When
swimming with younger kids who are new to swimming, you should always
try to stay within arm’s reach of them. Have your kids wear a U.S.
Coast Guard-approved life jacket when they are in or around the swimming
pool. At family gatherings and barbeques, you should have a designated
person who watches the young children swimming if you are unable to do
so yourself. Never let a child swim by themselves.
It is important to remember that drowning is a silent death. Although you
might have seen a drowning victim on TV splash and scream to alert others
who might be nearby, this usually isn’t the case in real life. In
fact, most drowning deaths go unnoticed by people who are nearby. Educating
your children early in their life about the dangers of swimming can help
reduce their chances of suffering an injury in the pool. Make sure you
enforce the rules and guideline that you set for behavior in the swimming
pool. In fact posting these rules where swimmers can always see them is
a good way to make sure that those who use your swimming pool are focused
on being safe.
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