10 Tips for Safer Swimming
Although swimming can be provide seemingly endless fun and hours of entertainment, safety precautions are a necessity for any pool owner in order to avoid the scenario where fun turns into a dangerous situation. It is important that everyone at the pool understands and follows the rules, and that the nearby adults always keep their eyes and ears open especially when kids are around the pool.
Here are 10 essential tips for safer swimming:
1. Keep the Water Clear and Clean – If water in the swimming pool seems cloudy, murky, or full of debris, it is probably full of harmful contaminants which can irritate eyes or even make your family or guests sick. If you haven’t tested your water in awhile, before your next swim read Step 2.
2. Test the Swimming Pool Water – Before you have guests in your swimming pool, it is important to test the water to ensure it contains the proper pH and chlorine. This can be done in a variety of ways including using test strips and chlorine test kits. If it’s been awhile since you’ve done this, read these 4 easy ways to test your pool water and make chemical adjustments if necessary. Swimmers should only be allowed to enter the water after it has been determined to be in proper swimming condition.
3. Always Provide Supervision – Just as important as it is for understanding no one should ever swim alone, it is imperative to continually provide adult supervision especially when there are children near the water. Children that cannot swim need to wear life jackets or some other parent-approved flotation device. If the adults need to leave the area even for just a moment, it is important to take all of the children with them. Additionally, everyone should avoid swimming in an area without sufficient lighting.
4. Apply Sunscreen – Even though some people mistakenly believe that their skin is protected while in the water, it is very easy to become sunburned in no time at all while swimming. It is essential to always apply high-quality sunscreen to protect against the burning sun and to reapply it after getting out of the water.
5. Practice Good Hygiene – Every individual should shower with soap and warm water before entering the swimming pool and take routine bathroom breaks (especially the younger kids). This will ensure that the contaminant levels in the pool are minimized.
6. Locate Essential Emergency Equipment – Every pool owner should have a first aid kit handy. Look around the pool to locate the required floatation rings, hooks or any other equipment such as an extension pole that can be used to keep a swimmer safe when there is a problem or they become exhausted in the water.
7. Install a Pool Fence – While pool fences are not required in our local metro New Orleans area, if you have children, we recommend you strongly consider a pool fence which includes a child-proof gate that continually remains closed on its own. You can purchase a pool fence which is not permanent, so that as your children get older and you feel the fence is no longer a necessity, it can be easily removed without damaging the pool area. However, during the time you have it you can feel much safer knowing you have this extra safety feature in place.
8. No Rough Play – Swimming can be great fun, for the family or an individual eager for exercise and entertainment and sometimes people get a little too excited. No matter what, it is important to never run, shove or push any individuals when around water. Also, unless your pool was built for diving, it is never a good idea to dive into shallow waters, especially head first. Diving into shallow waters can cause significant injury including death or paralysis.
9. Play it Safe During Threatening Weather – It is essential to get everyone out of the water whenever you hear thunder or seeing lightning. While you may be tempted to swim during a rain storm, remember that lightning can and does strike swimming pools so just take a break from swimming and enjoy the rain from the comfort of your covered deck or patio!
10. Watch for Dehydration and Exhaustion – If anyone in the party is overheated, dehydrated, tired or cold, they should stay out of the water. Even though swimming pools help cool us off when we are hot, it’s important to make sure that you and your guests get plenty of water or other healthy fluids to drink as well as learn to get out of the pool when feeling tired or physically exhausted.
We hope that this list of safety tips will help you enjoy your pool this summer even more! If you have any questions about pool safety, pool equipment or other items related to enjoying your pool we invite you to contact us with your questions.
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