Swimming Pool Safety Tips
Swimming is one of America’s favorite summer pastimes. It is also the leading cause of accidental drowning each year. Here are some tips you can use to make your swimming pool a safer place.
Shade Sails and Protective Barriers
Install protective barriers around your pool to prevent accidental fall ins. Add a shade sail or some other type of shade structure to block the sun’s harsh UV rays and glare from affecting anyone’s health or ability to see and play in the pool safely. Shade sails and structures come in a variety of colors and styles so that you can enhance the beauty and safety of your swimming pool.
Swimming and CPR
Teach children how to swim before letting them play in the pool. Encourage everyone to swim with a partner. Never let anyone play in or around the pool without proper supervision. Do not let anyone who cannot swim, including young children go into the deep end of the pool. If you have to step away while someone is in the pool, make sure that you inform another responsible party to take over supervision until you return. Learn CPR and encourage others to learn it as well.
Rules and Signs
Establish rules to keep everyone safe while they are swimming. Make sure that everyone who plans to get in the pool knows the rules and follows them at all times. Place signs in and around your pool area. The signs should contain the rules, information on the different pool depths, CPR instructions, and emergency contact information.
Wear proper swimming attire, such as swimming suits, flip-flops or water shoes. All young children and anyone who does not know how to swim should wear a life jacket to keep them from drowning.
Avoid consuming any alcohol at least an hour before swimming and while you are in the pool area. Alcohol delays motor skills and judgment and is to be avoided at all costs until you have left the pool area.
With the right precautions and safety equipment, you can make your swimming pool much safer for everyone to enjoy.