5 Ways to Improve Safety Around Your Pool
Believe it or not, soon enough you and your family will once again be spending weekends outside enjoying your pool. Although a backyard pool provides thousands of hours of quality family time, never forget the importance of remaining safe while swimming. Follow these tips to have a safe and fun summer.
Establish Pool Rules
No one likes to be the mean adult who tells kids what they can and can't do, but it when it comes to swimming, you must lay down some basic rules everyone promises to follow. Start with a few common sense rules like never swim alone, always ask permission before swimming, never without adult supervision and don't forget that there's no running near the pool. You can always add more rules to suit your particular situation over time.
Enclose Your Pool with a Fence
Not only is a safety fence required in most communities, installing one can save you from a tragedy or even a lawsuit. The Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC) suggests that all fences surrounding pools should be at least you 48? inches high and have a self-closing and self-latching gate. You may want to consider adding a child-proof locking mechanism for your gate for additional peace of mind.
Buy and Use a Pool Cover
Besides keeping debris out of your pool, a well-fitting pool cover can also persuade people against using your pool without your permission. While it may seem unlikely strangers would decide to take a dip in your pool while you are away, it is a growing phenomenon called pool-hopping. While some people may see pool-hoppers as little more than a nuisance, there is no reason to make it easy for them.
Maintain Proper Safety Equipment Near Your Pool
You may not be able to assist a drowning swimmer yourself, so you should always have plenty of safety gear on hand. Every pool owner should have at least one safety ring with an attached rope close by the pool. You may want to have additional safety gear like a shepherd's hook just in case. Encourage all the adults and older teens in your home to learn basic first aid including CPR.
Keep Your Pool Properly Maintained
Pool safety includes making sure your pool is clean, free of debris and with proper chemical levels. Don't let your swimmers get sick from a dirty pool. Learn how to test and correct the level of chemicals in your pool. If you don't want to do it yourself, make sure you hire a company who knows what they are doing.
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