5 Important Pool Safety Tips

  1. Our number ONE tip is designate someone responsible to supervise the water and maintain involvement with any children near the water during gatherings. Don’t consider a flotation device as a safe substitute for supervision. Young and inexperienced swimmers should wear a U.S Coast Guard approved life jacket. Be sure to instruct your babysitters about your pool safety rules, pending hazards, and the need for constant supervision.
  2. Having one or more adults in your home certified in CPR is key. You can register for classes through your local hospital, community center, or local Red Cross chapter.
  3. Teach children not to play or swim near drains or suction outlets. This especially applies to spas and shallow pools. Never enter a pool or spa that has a loose, broken or missing drain cover, as a child’s hair, limbs, jewelry or bathing suit can get stuck in a drain or a suction opening. It is always important that your adult guests now where to locate to locate the emergency vacuum shutoff before getting in the water.
  4. It is always important that your guests now where to locate to locate the emergency vacuum shutoff before getting in the water.
  5. Securing your pool area with appropriate barriers ensures an additional step toward safety. It is advised to surround your pool with a 4-feet high fence or barrier. Including a self-closing, top loaded self-latching gate helps to protect small children and family pets. Placing a safety cover on the pool or hot tub when not in use not only helps to keep your pool or spa free of debris, it serves as an additional safety precaution. If you are going to be away from your property for an extended period (such as a vacation), you may consider removing any ladders or steps used for access. 

Reference: http://ndpa.org/resources/safety-tips/pool-safety-tips/, https://www.poolsafely.gov/parents/safety-tip   http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/water-safety/home-pool-safety

 

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