Safe Practices in the Pool

by Pool Builders on 08-21-2010 in Articles

Swimming pools are lots of fun and can be a great way to stay fit but it's important to use proper precautions to ensure safety for all. The most important rule is never to leave your children or weak adult swimmers alone near the pool. It's not enough to just tell your children not to go in the pool when you're not around. Kids will be kids and the temptation is too great to trust them. It takes just a second for a child to get a cramp or grow tired and drown. If you have to leave the pool area, take your children with you.

Also, have safety equipment near the pool at all times. It could save your children's lives.

A shepherd's hook is an important tool for life-saving and one that you should keep near your pool. Its long arm is great for reaching someone in the center of the pool and pulling them to safety. You may also want to have a phone by the pool so you won't waste time looking for a phone case of emergency.

If you have a pool it's a good idea to have a fence surrounding it for safety. It will protect your children and those in the neighborhood from the dangers of the pool.

The fence around your pool should be at least six feet high for safety. Make sure it has a locking gate so no one can get in without your permission. Have the key with you at all times or someplace where they kids can't get to it.

If you have a pool, it's worth your time to learn CPR. You may never use it, but it's always good to know how to do it, just in case. It could be the difference between life and death if someone who can't swim falls in the pool.

To be safety conscious, have an adult, who is a good swimmer near the pool when anyone is swimming. That way, they can respond quickly if someone should start drowning. The faster you can get them out of the water, the more likely they will survive.

Swimming is a lot of fun, but it's important to consider safety along with good times. Be sure to stay near the pool when anyone is swimming and install a gate with a lock around it.

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