Top 8 Swimming Pool Safety Tips

by Pool Builders on 05-23-2011 in Articles

It's that time of year again! Before you sit back and enjoy the nice weather, here are some basic safety precautions that will help keep your loved ones safe around the pool this summer. Did you know that ten people die a day of unintentional drowning? Below are some easy ways to help keep your family safe around the pool this summer.

1. Lots of Supervision - Since fatal drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury related deaths in children ages 1-14 years old, be sure to always have an alert supervisor on duty that knows how to swim, and knows how to react to emergency situations if one should arise. Remember - It only takes a few minutes for someone to drown, so always have someone to supervise.

2. Fencing - In order to keep the pool area secured, install barriers such as pool fencing to prevent children from gaining access when not accompanied by an adult. 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."

3. Alcohol Use - Since alcohol influences balance, coordination, judgment, and it is intensified by sun exposure and heat, be safe when drinking around the pool. If you know you will be consuming a lot of alcohol, avoid the pool area completely. Not only can you increase the risk of drowning by drinking alcohol around the pool, you can also increase the potential of bodily injury to yourself and to others.

4. Be Well Educated - Be sure to educate your family and the people using your pool of general pool safety rules before they enter the pool area. If possible, post a list of "Pool Rules" somewhere in the pool vicinity where it is clearly visible to guests.

5. Safety Jackets Or Floatation Devices - For children or adults that don't know how to swim, be sure that they are well equipped with proper floatation devices that fit them. Be sure to check the weight limits on life jackets, ensuring proper safety. If you own a pool, try to keep some life jackets on hand for guest use.

6. Certified Workers - Only hire certified and licensed companies to install your pool to avoid faulty building. While hiring your friend may be cheaper, it may not be the safest choice.

7. Up-To-Date - Use non slip materials along the pool surfaces to avoid falls.

8. Don't Swim Alone - By having at least one other person present while you are swimming, you are protecting yourself. Regardless of your age or swimming capabilities, aviod swimming alone.

By following these 8 easy steps, you are on your way to a safe and fun summer! Remember, safety first!

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