Tips for Staying Safe around Water
As summer creeps closer around the corner, that sparkling blue pool water looks ever so inviting and you are probably ready to unleash the children and jump in yourself. Before you get over excited, however, it is important to take a step back and learn more about pool safety and tips for staying safe around water.
Because we want to help keep our customers & their families safely enjoying their pools for years to come, Pleasure Pools has put together a few essential tips you should learn and then teach to your children or any children who are in your care.
According to the government organization PoolSafely.gov, roughly 300 children who are under the age of five drown in a spa or swimming pool every year. In addition to those that drown, thousands are taken to the hospital because of swimming related accidents.
While these numbers are enough to put a chill in the heart of just about any pool owner, what makes this information most heart-breaking is that just about all of these accidents and drownings can be prevented when you know pool safety.
Keep You and Your Children Safe
Below, you will find more information and safety tips to keep you and the children you love safe this year and every year after. Fun summer pool adventures do not have to turn into a tragedy.
Tip #1: Secure the Pool
You should take the extra steps necessary to secure the pool area including a mesh fence, covering up gaskets and holes, and also placing a cover over top of the pool or spa. By doing this, you are blocking access to the pool and making it much more difficult for a child to fall in, become trapped, or get injured.
Tip #2: Always Supervise
You should never step away from children who are in the pool. Turning your back even for ten seconds can lead to a devastating event. Always have an adult who can swim supervising your children in the pool at all times.
Tip #3: Install Alarms
If you have a swimming pool in your backyard, you can place alarms on the windows and doors leading out to the pool area. Once the door or window is opened, the alarm will sound to alert you that someone is accessing the pool area. If a child opens the door, they will be startled by the alarm and you will instantly know that you need to double-check and take a headcount.
Tip #4: Get Swimming Lessons
Children who do not know how to swim on their own should take swimming lessons. When you enroll your child, you can pick their level of difficulty. Swimming lessons at any level are a great tool as they help teach your child lifesaving skills, like how to stay afloat and how to swim to the pool’s siding or stairs if they fall into the water or even get scared while swimming.
Tip #5: Know CPR and First Aid
As an adult, you should always have a first aid kit readily available near the pool and of course, CPR training is beneficial to every homeowner.
Tip #6: No Running or Horseplay
While you probably remember rolling your eyes as a child when you would hear your parents or grandparents yell out, “No running!” it is a statement that you need make yourself to your children now. When you allow your children to run around the pool area and not practice safe play or jumping into the pool, someone can easily become injured and hurt.
When running, if a child slips on a pool deck, they could easily suffer injuries that are either mild or severe. Severe injuries could result in life threatening conditions, especially if the child hits his or her head.
Knowing how to protect yourself, your children, and the area around your pool is important and can be the difference between a fun afternoon and a horrible experience. Practice the tips above and put them into action now so that you can have a worry-free summer with your kids.