All of us enjoy warm weather every year by swimming in public pools or private pools at our home; some of us head to resorts or enjoy relaxing in hot tubs. Tragically though, adults and children drown in swimming pools each year. The American Lifeguard Association – KB suggests guidelines for pool safety at our home:
- Secure your pool with a 4-feet high fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate to prevent someone from falling accidently in the swimming pool.
- Place a safety cover on the pool or hot tub when not in use and remove any ladders or steps used for access.
- Consider installing a pool alarm that goes off if anyone enters the pool.
Keep children under active supervision at all times while keeping young kids close.
- Designate a person to watch the water when people are in the pool as it is not allowed for anyone to swim alone.
- Ensure appropriate safety equipment such as rescue tube and rescue ring available at all times while inexperienced swimmers must wear lifejackets.
- Enrolling family members to swimming, first aid and CPR courses.
- Maintain proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration to minimize the risk of earaches, rashes or more serious diseases.
- Establish and enforce rules and safe behaviors, such as “no diving,” “stay away from drain covers,” “swim with a buddy” and “walk please.”
This article is inspired by the American Red Cross