Ensuring Safety of Your Kids at the Pool

by Pool Builders on 04-20-2010 in Articles

While this may seem obvious to most rational people, particularly parents, it bears repeating as summer approaches. Do not ever leave children unattended at a swimming pool. It only takes a few short seconds for the worst to occur.

If you own a pool, you need to ensure that safety equipment is present and visible to anyone you may have as a guest at or near your pool. A shepherd's hook is a must have. This device can be used to pull a small child out of a pool.

It is highly recommended to have a phone near your pool. If something goes wrong, you will need to be able to call for help immediately.

For safety and liability, you should have a very strong fence enclosing your pool. This will help to keep uninvited guests from jumping in your pool.

A pool for this purpose should be at least six feet tall. You'll also want to make sure that you can lock the gate and keep the key in a secure place.

Anyone who owns a pool should be prepared to give CPR. You can take a local class and practices with your family, who should also know CPR. If someone drowns, it will be whoever is present at the time that must take emergency action. You will need to call 911 and begin immediate CPR and keep at it until the medics arrive.

While we often hear terrible stories about children drowning, adults can also drown, even in a pool that is not very deep. Never assume someone else can swim - you may be wrong! You should always have one person present who can act as a lifeguard if necessary.

A private pool is a wonderful thing to have, but it is also a great responsibility. You'll want to make sure that you are safe, responsible, and that you keep any unwanted visitors away.

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