Owning a house with a pool is a great way to add fun and excitement to your home, especially if you have kids. Swimming is great exercise, and pools provide a great environment for relaxation. It should be noted, however, that there are certain risks you should be aware of in order to make sure that your pool remains a place of happiness rather than danger. Take a look at these pool safety tips to ensure that you minimize the risk of injury in your pool vicinity.
Never allow children to swim alone
This one should be a no-brainer. Younger children, especially those who do not know how to swim, should absolutely never be left by a pool unattended. If a child falls into a pool, drowning is a grave possibility if there is no one there to watch over them and ensure that they are safe. While the proper age for solo swimming is speculative and up to the interpretation of parents, swimming alone in general is typically something that should be avoided in order to ensure maximum safety.
Do not run around the pool area
Given the nature of a pool, being a hole in the ground filled with water, the area surrounding it is bound to be wet. Splashing and exiting the pool both contribute to what is usually a very wet environment. To prevent injury from slipping, never run in the area around the pool. It is fairly common to slip on wet concrete and suffer injuries such as concussions.
Check chemical levels on a regular basis
This is more relevant to those who own chlorine pools, but salt water pools also have proper levels that should be maintained. Pool water has a certain level of chemical balance that must be achieved in order to ensure the water is safe to swim in; lack of chemicals allows the water to be a breeding grounds for bacteria and other unwelcome organisms, and excessive chemicals can be harmful to the skin. Check your chemical levels daily to maximize pool safety.
Be aware of other swimmers
If you are swimming with other people, make sure that you know where others are in relation to you. This is especially important for pools with diving boards. If a careless diver does not pay attention to where they are plunging into the water, they could injure someone in the path of their projection. Another possibility is that of an underwater swimmer coming up from the bottom of the pool and colliding with a person who was not aware of their position.
Learn to perform CPR
While this is a skill that should hopefully never need to be used, it is important for you to know how to perform CPR in the case that another swimmer begins to drown or inhales too much water into their lungs. Even if a child swimmer is being supervised, the time it takes to rescue them if they begin drowning is enough time to cause potential harm that can be alleviated by simple CPR techniques.
If you follow these general pool safety tips, you can enjoy a safe pool environment free of danger and carelessness. Everyone wants to have fun when they go for a swim, so it is always best to have measures in place to ensure that it is nothing but a fun time for everyone involved.