On a hot summer day, everyone looks forward to a refreshing dip in the backyard pool. However, it’s important to keep your family and friends safe to ensure that everyone has a fun experience. Accidental drownings in residential pools happen more often than you might think; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of accidental death in the United States. Every day, one in ten people die from unintentional drowning. Likewise, the National Safety Council says that around 330 people, both adults and children, drown in home pools every year.
Pool Safety Tips to Keep Everyone Safe
While those numbers may seem scary, there are precautions you can take to make sure an accident doesn’t happen and that those games of Marco Polo can continue all summer long. Keep these pool safety tips in mind as you break out the sunscreen and the pool floats to be a responsible pool owner:
Enroll everyone in the family in swimming lessons. Everyone in the family should have a basic skill level when it comes to swimming. Take swimming lessons yourself, and enroll the kids in age-appropriate classes, too.
Install the proper barriers. Most cities will require that your yard or pool be enclosed by a fence that is at least four to six feet tall. Make sure there’s a gate that you can lock to keep small children from getting in without supervision. You can even consider installing an alert system that will go off inside your home, letting you know someone has entered the pool area.
Establish pool rules and stick to them. Everyone who has access to the pool should be well aware of the rules. Common rules like no diving, no running, and no horseplay should be established and voiced to anyone using the pool, especially newcomers. Make sure everyone knows there is a no tolerance policy for breaking the rules and that they know the dangers reckless behaviors can cause.
Supervise the little ones. Small children should never, ever be left unattended at the pool. It only takes a few seconds for an unintentional drowning to occur. Stay alert and focused on the kids at all times; close adult supervision is the best way to prevent drowning in children.
Learn CPR. It’s recommended that if you own a pool, you should learn some basic CPR. In cases of drowning, even seconds can save a life, and those bystanders who are able to perform CPR have a much better chance at saving a life.
Properly maintain the pool. Along with making sure there’s a proper barrier around the pool, every so often you should check the pool and the equipment for cleanliness, and perform any necessary maintenance. Make sure there are no sharp edges protruding anywhere, that the drains are clear, and that broken ladders or railings are repaired. Add more non-slip materials as they start to wear out, too.
The more safety precautions you take when it comes to your residential pool, the better. By following these pool safety tips, we’re sure you’ll enjoy your pool all summer long!