When you have a pool, it is important to take precautions and make sure that family members and guests are safe while enjoying your home and the pool. Below are ways to insure that everybody has a good experience.
- Safely enclose your pool with a sturdy fence and locked gate. Install pool covers and invest in some pool alarms which are activated by a disruption in the surface tension of the water.
- Teach even the youngest of children basic swimming strokes and drownproofing techniques. Do not allow non-swimmers to enter the deep area of the pool. Keep a shepherd’s hook or life ring beside the pool for rescues.
- Supervise all children when they are in the pool. Even children who swim well can succumb to a medical emergency while in the water and suddenly need rescue. Do not allow yourself to become distracted by phones or electronic devices while supervising children in the pool. Keep either a cell or cordless phone poolside to call 911 in an emergency.
- Properly store all pool chemicals and cleaning equipment away from children in a locked storage area in their original containers.
- Don’t allow kids to run in the pool area, dunk others or engage in horseplay. Insist all children apply and reapply sunscreen throughout the day. Consider coming inside during the hottest parts of the day. Remember that you can become dehydrated even while in a pool and insist that children and adults keep up their fluid intake. Insist that everybody immediately leave the pool area for the house at the first distant rumble of thunder.
- Keep the water in your pool pristine to avoid dangerous bacteria building up from stagnant or unchlorinated water. Contract with a reputable pool maintenance service or learn how to properly care for your pool yourself. Improper ratios of chlorine to water can cause breathing problems and burning eyes.
Your pool is the crowning jewel of your backyard. Take the necessary precautions to make sure everybody is safe while swimming and splashing around in the sunshine.