Pool Safety Measures

by Pool Builders on 08-10-2010 in Articles

Water can be a child's best friend. It's fun, cool to the touch, and children can play in it for hours and never get bored. But it can also be deadly. Horror stories about the consequences of leaving a child unattended at the pool pervade the Internet and the news. Taking the proper safety measures can prevent a tragedy and keep the pool a fun place for all.

You should always have a lot of safety equipment around the pool. You never know what you may need or when you may need it, so it is always best to be prepared for anything.

A shepherd's hook is a good safety device to have around. It can be used to remove a drowning person from the pool, saving you the potentially dangerous trouble of entering the pool yourself to save them. Drown victims have been known to lock their arms around their rescuers, impairing the rescuer's ability to swim and effectively killing them both. Another useful device is one that greatly assists anyone in an emergency of any kind: a phone. Being able to call for help is important, should the situation escalate beyond your capabilities.

Protecting your pool with a strong fence is another effective safety measure. It keeps your children from entering the pool without your knowledge and allows you to control who can get into your pool.

Fences have to be tall enough to discourage climbing. Nothing less than 6 feet should be used, and the fence should be able to be locked. Keep the key in a safe place and no one will be getting in unless you let them.

Knowing how to perform CPR makes you an asset in any emergency life or death situation, and makes anywhere you are a much safer place. If someone needs to be revived by CPR, you will have the ability to save them.

Be sure to keep an eye on people who can't swim when they get into or around your pool. You never want to consider yourself over prepared in this regard, as people who aren't used to being around water shouldn't be around it. Such individuals are more prone to disaster since they cannot take care of themselves should a situation arise.

Pools should be places of safe, family fun. Know your safety rules and prepare yourself for the worst; only then can you relax in the knowledge that your loved ones are safe and you are ready for whatever happens.

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