Children and Swimming Pool Safety

by Pool Builders on 08-21-2010 in Articles

If you have children and a swimming pool you know that safety is an important issue. You should never leave your children alone near the pool. Kids love water and even the most obedient child can give in to temptation and jump in if you're not around. This can be dangerous because they can get a cramp or hit their head and if you're not there to save them, they could drown. If you have to leave the pool area, take your children with you.

It's also a good idea to always have safety equipment near the pool. A life vest or preserver can be just what you need to save a drowning child. They are especially critical if your children aren't strong swimmers.

A shepherd's hook is a great safety device to have on hand near your swimming pool. It can be used to quickly retrieve someone who is floundering. You may want to also have a phone nearby your pool in case of emergency. When you need to call for help you don't want to be searching for the phone.

Installing a fence around your pool will give you some peace of mind. It can protect your children and those in the neighborhood from temptation.

Your protective fencing should be a minimum of six feet high with a locking gate for security. The lock will keep out children until you are ready to let them swim. Don't forget to keep the key with you or someplace the children can't access it.

If you are the one in your household who will be watching the kids swim the most often, it's not a bad idea to learn CPR. You may never use it, but it will make you feel better to know that you have the skill should you need it.

The safety rules you have for your children around the pool should also apply to adults who aren't strong swimmers. You need to be nearby if there are adults who can't swim and fall in. It takes just a second to fall in and require saving.

Swimming is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon but it should always be with safety in mind. Never let children or poor swimmers go in the pool without supervision. Install a fence around your pool with a lock and keep a phone and safety equipment nearby just in case.

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