Summer is quickly approaching and that means outdoor activities will be in full gear. Swimming is something that many people of all ages enjoy doing in the warmer months. Pool safety should be a top priority for anyone who owns a swimming pool or who is considering purchasing one for their home.
It is important to entirely secure your swimming pool with necessary barriers, like a 4-foot high fence. You should also use a self-closing, self-latching gate for additional safety. Naturally, it is imperative that children are under close supervision at all times. A responsible guardian or supervisor should always be present and in close proximity to children in swimming pools. No one should ever be permitted to swim alone, whether they are a child or an adult. Someone else should always be within the area for everyone’s safety.
All members living in a home with a swimming pool should know how to swim. There should be rules in place pertaining specifically to the swimming pool and the areas surrounding it. According to the American Red Cross, “Establish and enforce rules and safe behaviors, such as “no diving,” “stay away from drain covers,” “swim with a buddy” and “walk please.”” When the swimming pool is not in use, it is a good idea to place a safety cover over the pool. It is also important to remove any steps and/or ladders out of arm’s reach. Some homeowners even utilize a pool alarm that will go off to alert them if anyone enters the pool vicinity.
Additionally, be sure that your pool water is always clear and clean. By maintaining appropriate chemical levels, the risks associated with rashes, earaches or more severe conditions decreases. Everyone residing in a home with a swimming pool should understand how to respond to swimming emergencies. By owning the correct safety equipment and taking CPR courses, first aid and water safety, you are taking careful measures to ensure your swimming pool is a safe environment for everyone.
Keep in mind that pool codes do vary by state and locality. Be sure to research and to understand the national and local pool codes in your area. To learn more about ActiveYards’ pool code approved fences, visit http://www.activeyards.com/solutions/swimmingpools.
“Home Pool Safety. Maintaining a Safe Environment Around Your Home Swimming Pool.” American Red Cross. Water Safety. Web.