Owning a pool is a big responsibility, but it can also bring a lot of fun and happy memories. If you own a swimming pool or are thinking about installing one, here are some pool safety tips to keep you and your family safe this summer.
Never Leave Children Unattended
An accident can happen in the blink of an eye. It is important to remember to NEVER leave children unattended in a pool, for any reason, not even for a few minutes.
Teach Your Kids to Swim
If you have young children, teach them to swim right away. Kids can learn to swim as early as babies, so it is never too soon to teach them. While floaties and swimming toys can help keep kids afloat, you should not rely on them to keep your kids safe.
Install Proper Barriers and Fences
Your town or county might have specific rules and regulations for homeowners with pools, so be sure to check for specifics. All pools should be enclosed, with gates and alarms, if possible. Covers should also be used in the offseason.
If you own a pool, it never hurts to be as prepared as possible. Take a CPR class and know what to do in a pool emergency. Older children and teenagers can be taught CPR as well.
Make Sure All Visitors Follow Safety Rules
Having friends and neighbors over to swim is part of the fun of owning the pool. However, it is important to make sure that anyone that visits your pool area is aware of your rules and follows them. Check to see if each visiting child can swim and supply floaties, life jackets or swim wings if necessary.
Following these pool safety tips will keep you and your family and friends safe so you can enjoy your summer. Happy swimming!