With summer quickly coming upon us, this means it’s time to lay out next to a pool, take in some sun, and just relax.
Not to put a damper on that, but did you know that according to The Pool Safety Resource drowning is still the second-leading cause of death for children under age 14?
So while we certainly hope you’re able to spend some time swimming and barbecuing with the family, we want to make sure you’re aware of the safety precautions you should take in and around swimming pools.
We have compiled a list of the top safety measures you can take from Pool Safely, American Academy of Pediatrics, and The Pool Safety Resource. Below you will find both an infographic and list of pool safety tips to help keep you safe.
Hope you have a fantastic summer!
Pool Safety Infogrpahic
Pool Safety Tips
- It’s the most obvious, but by far the most important: NEVER LET YOUR CHILDREN SWIM ALONE.
- Install a fence around the pool. The fence should be at least 4 feet high with a self-closing latch. If you are not using the pool, the gate should remain locked. (Remember that as a pool owner you’re responsible for anyone who comes onto your property and into your pool.)
- Keep safety equipment like life rings, shepherd’s hooks, and a first-aid kit in plain-view from the pool.
- Keep a phone with you by the pool at all times.
- Take CPR and basic first-aid classes so you know how to respond in an emergency.
- Remove all toys from the pool when you’re not using it so that kids aren’t tempted to reach for them.
- Teach your children basic water safety tips including how to find the nearest wall and how to pull themselves out of a pool.
- Secure the pool with a cover so that kids cannot access the pool when you’re done swimming. (Remember a pool cover should not be a substitute for a fence.)
- Install a surface wave or underwater alarm.
- If a child is missing, check the pool or spa first. Go to the edge of the pool and scan the entire pool-bottom and surface-as well as the surrounding area.
- Maintain the pool properly. Make sure all drains are functioning the way they should. Also, check the pool edges for loose tile or concrete.