Water safety is an important concern for all pool owners. Accidents happen quickly and can have devastating results. There are some basic approaches you can take to keep your pool and spa safe. If you can’t swim, you should learn immediately. You should also teach your children to swim. Always stay clear of pool drains, pipes and other equipment. People have been trapped in these openings. You should check with a pool expert to make sure all of your drain equipment is up-to-date with the latest safety recommendations. Some outdated drain systems can make accidents more likely.
Children require extra vigilance when it comes to water safety. Even if children have been taught to swim, they are not necessarily safe in the water. They require constant attention by undistracted adults. Never allow children to swim alone and teach them to stay away from the pool or spa area unless they have permission. Children are not safe when they are being watched by other children. An adult presence is essential. Someone should be within arm’s reach of each child in the pool.
Keep in mind that recreational floats are not designed for life saving measures. U.S. Coast Guard-approved safety vests can protect children in emergency situations. Many parents have their children wear these vests at all times when they are near the water. The vest should fit snugly around the child. Safety vests have weight recommendations. Ensure that your child falls within the recommended guidelines for the safety vest. Consult the instructions before using the vest. You should not rely on life vests alone for safety and never leave a child unattended even while he or she is wearing a life vest.
It’s a good idea to have a phone available near the pool area in case of an emergency. You should also have a first aid kit nearby that includes a flotation device, scissors (in case you need to free hair or clothing) and basic supplies like Band-Aids, antibacterial ointments and a first aid manual. Consider learning CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on both children and adults so that you can help if there is an emergency.
Enforce basic safety guidelines around your pool. Don’t let people run or play games near the pool. All swimmers should be sober. Discourage diving because it can lead to serious accidents. Many pool owners have removed diving boards due to the risk. Limit the amount of time that you and guests spend in a hot spa. Hot water can lead to dizziness and confusion after too much time.
There are different types of equipment you can use to improve safety around your pool. First, you should have the proper fencing. You should have a four foot or taller fence around your yard. The gates should self-close and self-latch. Spa covers can be fitted with locks for extra security. You can purchase fences that enclose the immediate area around the pool and prevent unauthorized access. There are alarms that will alert you if the surface of the pool is disturbed. These can help attract attention if someone falls in the pool.