Swimming Pool Safety
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a child going swimming for the first time or if you’re a “young at heart” adult celebrating your fiftieth birthday by having friends over for a pool party. The fact is, everyone should abide by certain safety rules when it comes to swimming and/or playing near a pool area. Millions of people are injured each year in pool-related accidents, and sadly most of them could have been avoided by simply following certain precautions. If you have children, safeguard them (and yourself) by evaluating and providing your swimming area with these very important safety features.
Below are important safety recommendations provided courtesy of Cape Coral pool service company Bay Area Pool Services.
- Pool fence. Protect your children, and their friends, by installing a fence around your pool, at least four to five feet in height.
- Pool covers. If your swimming pool isn’t being used, then make sure you keep it covered by purchasing either a manual cover or an automatic one. This will protect small children from drowning, and most covers can withstand a heavy weight capacity, should the instance occur where an adult or large animal accidentally falls on top of it.
- Drain covers. Most people don’t consider it, but young children can quickly get caught in the powerful suction of a large pool drain, so avoid potential drowning accidents by installing a drain cover. They aren’t very expensive and they come in a variety of colors and designs to chose from.
- CPR certification. Everyone, especially pool owners, should be certified in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Most hospitals and the Red Cross offer CPR classes for all ages, so get on the phone and find out when the next class will be held in your area and sign up for it. Don’t forget to sign up your spouse and children also!
- Slip-proof protection. Most pool accidents occur after someone slips on the surface around a swimming pool and falls in the water or hits their head on the concrete area surrounding it. Many pool supply specialists offer slip-resistant products that can be sprayed on the concrete to safeguard against these untimely accidents. Call your local pool company for more information.
- Safety signs. Contact a printing company about creating a sign for your pool with detailed safety instructions for your children and visitors. Attach it to your pool fence where it’s clearly visible to all who enter the area. You can also have stickers made to place on the concrete surrounding your pool, such as “No Diving” signs for the shallow end and “No Running” signs for the entire area.
- Adult supervision. This should be common knowledge if you have children, but you would be amazed at the number of adults who leave their kids unsupervised around dangerous swimming areas. You owe it to your children to closely monitor them whenever they are near a pool, and this goes for any other children who might be visiting. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, so NEVER leave a child unsupervised if there is a pool anywhere in the vicinity.