As a proud new pool owner, you can already envision the relaxing summer afternoons you will spend in the water with your children or grandchildren. You already know which appetizers you wish to serve and which poolside accessories you want to purchase.
However, even though you feel excited, you also feel anxious. You can picture the potential dangers and problems just as clearly as you can imagine the fun. How do you ensure your pool’s visitors stay safe?
Below, you will find a few pool safety tips. Familiarize your swimmers with these tips to ensure everyone has a memorable experience in the water for enjoyable reasons, not ones that take them to the emergency room.
1. Do Not Swim Alone or Without an Adult Present
Even an experienced swimmer could accidentally bump his or her head or run into another situation that requires outside assistance. For that reason, no person should ever use the pool alone.
Additionally, even if children swim in groups, they must not enter the water unless they have an adult to supervise them. Their playmates might not notice in time if something goes wrong, nor would young children necessarily know how to respond to an emergency. A responsible adult should oversee pool activities at all times.
2. Take Shifts Being the Designated Lifeguard
Even if you have many adults in the vicinity of your pool, none of them probably pay sufficient attention to quickly notice and attend to an emergency. Therefore, you need to choose someone to act as lifeguard and take a break from socializing for a brief time. You can even have each adult at your gatherings take a turn.
3. Have New Swimmers Wear Flotation Devices
If some of your guests do not know how to swim, have lifejackets and other flotation devices on hand to assist them. They need something to keep them afloat just in case they slip or wander too close to the deep end.
If you do not own these devices, have a capable adult stay close to each child or inexperienced swimmer.
4. Remind Swimmers to Recreate Responsibly
People should not run around your pool. Nor should they dive if your pool does not go deeper than six feet. Your swimmers must not play roughly either, just in case someone sustains injuries and becomes trapped underneath the water. As long as everyone plays carefully and interacts responsibly, everyone will stay safe.
5. Keep the Pool in Good Repair and Report Any Problems
Filters, jets, drains, pool covers, ladders, stairs, and other parts should stay in perfect repair at all times. Sharp edges or strong drains could cause injuries.
In the same vein, you should also keep your pool clean by vacuuming out debris and chlorinating away bacteria and algae. You reduce your swimmers’ risk for illness this way.
6. Store a First-Aid Kit and Phone Near the Pool
Even the best prepared pool owners experience an emergency every once in a while. Make sure you can respond to that emergency by stocking a first-aid kit and a phone near your pool. Should an emergency occur, tell one of your guests to call an ambulance while you apply first aid.
7. Learn Basic First-Aid Skills
As a pool owner, you should know CPR and the way to dress a wound at the very least. Take first-aid classes in your area so you know how to help your guests if they become injured.
8. Install a Pool Cover and a Fence
Despite your rules and your warnings, children and other playful guests may try to use the pool without your permission. Ensure these rambunctious individuals do not injure themselves by sealing the area from their use. Use a pool cover to cover the water, and use a fence with a locked gate to prevent unauthorized swim time.
You and your family members can make fun memories, rather than stressful ones, if you follow the safety tips above. To learn more about caring for and using your pool, browse our other blog posts.