Summer is the perfect time to spend time with family and friends and to enjoy your pool. Create beautiful memories but, most importantly, keep safety in mind. Follow these seven tips to ensure everyone has a safe and happy pool season.
Pool Safety Tips to keep your family safe.
1. Install a Fence
The fence should be at least four feet high. Make sure the fence has a self-locking gate and doesn’t have lawn furniture, shrubs or anything else that would provide a boost to a child trying to climb over the fence.
2. Supervise Your Kids at All Times
Make sure your kids are always within an arm’s reach. Designate an adult to keep an eye out on the kids all the time, ignore your phone and have someone else attend to the grill. Young or inexperienced swimmers should always wear arm floats or life jackets.
3. Teach Your Kids to Swim
Enroll your kids in swimming lessons or teach them to swim yourself. The best way to prevent accidents in the pool is to make sure you know the skill level of all swimmers.
4. Establish Pool Rules
Establish easy-to-remember pool safety rules. Post the rules where everyone can see them and encourage safe behavior. Keep things simple, write a few basics on a whiteboard, such as “no diving”, “swim with a buddy”, and “no running”. You can also purchase an inexpensive pool rules sign and install it near the pool gate.
5. Never Swim Alone
Even experienced swimmers can experience emergencies while in the water, like leg cramp or heart attack. If you choose to swim alone, make sure someone in the household knows where you are.
6. Don’t Skip Maintenance
Check your pool equipment regularly, repair non-slip surfaces when they wear out and make sure all ladders and railings are secure. Maintain proper chemicals levels – test the water regularly and make sure it is clear and there are no leaves or debris floating in the pool.
7. Know How to Respond in Case of Emergency
Keep a first aid kit and rescue equipment by the pool; learn CPR and take water safety classes and teach your kids what to do in case of emergency. Being prepared will help you, your family and your guests feel more relaxed.
Taking these steps for pool safety will ensure a fun-filled summer. Do you have a pool? Give us a call to review the pool coverage on your homeowner’s policy. Contact us at (800) 443-7007 and one of our team members will be happy to help.