Swimming Pool Summer Safety Tips

by Pool Builders on 06-28-2011 in Articles

Sitting by the pool with a cold glass of iced tea and soaking up the sun's rays...sounds like the life right? Did you know that about 140,000 people die from drowning each year nationally? Before you sit back and relax this summer, below are a few steps and precautions that can help keep your loved ones safe around the pool this summer.

1. Fencing - According to the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, "There is an 83% reduction in the risk of childhood drowning with a four-sided isolation pool fence, compared to three-sided property-line fencing." It is important to keep your pool area well secured this summer in order to keep young children from entering the pool area un-supervised.

2. Supervise - According to the Center for Disease Control, "Fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years." Make sure that children are always supervised by a qualified adult. Make sure that the adult knows how to swim in case of an emergency. Also, try to never swim alone even if you are a great swimmer.

3. Educate Yourself and Others on Safety- It is important to be well educated on pool safety so that you can relay the information to your loved ones, and people visiting your pool. A good idea for doing this is to make a list of swimming pool rules and hang it where others can visibly see it. Be sure to go over the rules with everyone before they use the pool, ensuring that they understand all of the rules.

4. Limit Alcohol Consumption - If possible, completely avoid drinking alcohol in or around the pool area. Alcohol affects reasoning, inhibitions, cautions, balance and reaction times. Combining drinking alcohol with the pool is a recipe for disaster. Since alcohol affects so many areas of the human brain, it will be hard for the person to act cautious in an emergency situation. A person consuming alcohol is more likely to fall around the pool area, because of slippery surfaces. If you are drinking around the pool, try to make sure that there are sober people around to supervise.

5. Construction and Maintenance - Before having your pool installed or worked on, be sure that the company you are dealing with is legitimate. Make sure that they have the correct certifications and are well qualified. Ask around to your friends and family to get recommendations of companies that they have used in the past and were happy with. Be sure to constantly inspect your pool for safety concerns such as leaks, cracks, etc., as they may become harmful.

6. Safety Devices - Try to always have life jackets or floatation devices available to your family and guests. Always check the age and weight ranges included on your safety devices to ensure that they will to the job they are intended to do. Chances are some of your guests will be too embarrassed to admit that they don't know how to swim, so having these devices on hand will help in protecting everyone.

Hopefully these helpful steps and precautions can help in guiding your family and loved ones to a safer and more fun summer.

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