Swimming Pool Safety at Home

by Pool Builders on 11-23-2009 in Articles

If you have a pool in your home, then it should be a place of enjoyment and relaxation. However, the pool can be a danger zone and can turn an enjoyable moment into a nightmare. Swimming pool safety is important to have a pleasurable time in your pool. It is a responsible step that you make sure your pool is used safely and that there are no hazards that could cause injury or death.

Children age four and under have a higher risk of drowning compared to any other age group. Every year, about 300 children in this age bracket drown in swimming pools at home. Even kids age 14 and under can be victims of unsecured pools at home. In 2002, almost 2,700 kids experienced drowning related incidents. To prevent this incident from happening in your own pool, you need to consider pool safety procedures to ensure that your swimming pool does not present any danger.

You may not always be around to see that your pool is used safely, so placing barriers around your pool is a must. It should have a fence about four feet high with a thin strip less than four inches apart. The gate of the fence should be self-closing and self-latching that is unreachable to kids. If your pool is above the ground, make sure that the steps and ladders are secured, or removed when the pool is not in use to prevent kids from accessing the pool without supervision. To enhance the protection of your home swimming pool, install door and pool alarms. It is also important that pets have supervised access to the swimming pool since they can mess up the area.

Though the area is secured with barriers, it is still important to always look after kids in the water as it only takes seconds for accidents to happen. Never let kids swim alone, run near the pool, push or jump on others in the water, or dive or jump in shallow part of the swimming area. Post swimming pool rules around the swimming area. In addition, you should have a cordless phone, list of emergency hotlines, first aid kit and rescue gears near the swimming area. It would be helpful if you know CPR.

Educate any guests invited about swimming pool safety and rules. Make sure that the invited guest can swim. You can do this by asking parents whether invited kids can swim and, if not, you may select a day to invite them when you will not be opening the pool. In case you are having children for the first time, invite the parents of the children as well.

Contaminated pool water can be health hazard. You should maintain the cleanliness of your pool as it is important for the health of those who use the pool. It is less likely that people will get sick from swimming in your pool if you keep it clean. It is a good practice to take a shower before you jump into the pool. And for others sake, do not swim with others if you are sick.

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