The Basics of Pool Safety
Devastating statistics show that the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1-4 is drowning. Through education and pool safety, lives can be saved and fun can be had by all.
Very few things are better than relaxing in the pool on a hot day while the clouds pass by overhead. In order for you to keep guests and family safe, you should be aware of the following pool safety guidelines. They will help prevent unexpected tragedy.
Never leave a child unattended in or near the water
You should designate a responsible person to watch over others in the pool, and young children should always be within arm’s reach. If a child is very young or inexperienced he/she should wear a life jacket.
Teach children how to swim
Learning how to swim is a skill that saves lives. This recommendation doesn’t only apply to children, but also anyone in the home who is not a strong swimmer. Accidents happen, and therefore, it is suggested that anyone who is unable to swim well be enrolled in an age-appropriate learn-to-swim course.
Enforce rules and safe behaviors
Establish rules such as “no diving,” “stay away from drain covers,” “swim with a buddy,” etc. These rules will help prevent accidents.
Secure your pool with proper barriers
It is advised that you surround your pool with a 4-feet high fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate. You also have the option to install a pool alarm that will go off if anyone enters the pool. Place a safety cover on the pool or spa when not in use, and make sure you remove any ladders or steps used for access.
Keep your water clean
It is important for you to maintain proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration. By doing so, you minimize the risk of earaches, rashes and more serious diseases. Make sure your pool and spa water is clean and clear.
Know how to perform CPR
If you have made the decision to have a pool, you should ensure that everyone in the home knows how to perform adult and child CPR. In the case of a medical emergency, you will more than likely be the first one to respond until 911 arrives. Your skill could save a life.
Having a pool can bring tremendous joy and pave the way for treasured memories with family and friends. Avoid tragedy and become aware of pool safety today. Call the experts at Pleasure Pools if you have any questions about your pool and ensuring it is safely designed at (504) 888-6660 or (985) 626-1283.