Tips For Pool Safety

by Pool Builders on 01-21-2010 in Articles

The safety of your children needs to be a priority, especially with a swimming pool in your yard. A swimming pool can be a very dangerous place for younger children. Here are some pool safety tips you can use in regards to pool safety.

Have an adult there to supervise any children in the yard at all times. This is the biggest prevention you can take. Don't leave children unchaperoned.

CPR is a wonderful asset to have regardless of your circumstances, but it is very effective if a child does swallow water or drown. If you own a pool, know or learn how to do CPR in case of any emergencies. There are courses you can take locally, or even videos you can watch online.

Most young children who drown in pools aren't swimming, but accidentally fall in to the pool when they wander around the yard. Install a pool fence. This is meant to separate your pool from the rest of your yard and home.

Use a gate that self-close and make sure the latch is out of reach of smaller children. It is a good idea to have a fence that is at least 4 feet high on all sides of the pool. Make sure that your fence is tall enough that younger children can't climb over.

Don't have your children use air-filled swimming cuffs or toys instead of using a life vest. Have your children use approved life vests for their safety. Toys and cuffs are not good substitutes for safety life vests.

Supervise children and make sure that they walk around the pool so they have less chance of falling. Running on wet surfaces can cause them to slip and hurt themselves. When children are swimming have them walk around the cement.

You can purchase power safety covers that may add to the safety of your children, and make the pool look less appealing. However, covers should never take the place of a pool gate. When the pool is not in use, be sure to lock the pool gate.

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