Water safety is crucial at summer time. This time of year, parents especially are concerned with water safety for the whole family. Whether it’s keeping kids safe in the family pool or at the local swimming pool, or on white-water rapids, parents need to know how to keep their families safe both in and around water.Overall, bath time and swimming time should be fun for everyone, and the good news is that several safety-minded companies have come to the rescue with smart and innovative water safety products. While no water product can replace an attentive parent or certified lifeguard, these water safety products give parents a little more peace of mind when spending time in and near the water their families:
Adult Supervision. No matter your age or skill level, increase pool safety and enjoyment by ensuring that there’s always at least one non-swimming adult present for supervision. A whistle comes in handy to alert and command everyone’s attention promptly. There is no greater layer of protection than constant adult supervision.
Fencing. Fencing is another possible layer of protection. There’s a fence for every taste and budget, from wooden and chain link to ornamental and thick hedge barriers. Present your plans and design ideas to your local building code office, homeowners’ group, or other regulatory organization before proceeding.
Automatic or Manual Safety Covers. A non-penetrating cover can completely cover the pool and block access to pool water. All safety cover types should meet ASTM F13-46 standard.
Locking Hot Tub Cover. The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) recommends that all portable hot tub owners have a safety cover that locks. Locking hot tub covers should meet the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International) F1346-91 safety standard.
Alarms. Alarms set off a loud sound – and even lights – to warn of potential danger. Consider home security features such as door and exit alarms, fence gate alarms, and water level sensors.
Rope and Float Line. Placed across the pool, the rope and float line alerts swimmers to the separation between the deep and shallow ends of the pool.
Lifebuoy, Shepherd’s Crook (Hook). These devices are used to pull someone from the pool to safety. All rescue equipment should be placed near the pool in a clearly marked and readily accessible spot, and periodically checked to make sure it’s in good condition.
First Aid Kit. A first aid kit should be kept in a safe and convenient location and periodically checked to make sure the kit is well stocked with all essentials.
Emergency Information. Post CPR, emergency (112 or other) contact information, and warning signs in a clearly visible spot near the pool. You and your family may even perform routine safety drills to remind everyone what to do and where to go in the event of an emergency.
Outside Telephone. A cordless phone at poolside lets you call for help or information quickly, without leaving the pool area.
Sunscreen. Choose a level of pool protection that’s right for you and use it! Even on cooler, cloudy days, the sun’s ultraviolet rays can burn and damage skin cells.
Toys, Games, and Floats. All recreational pool equipment should be safe and age appropriate for each individual. Never leave loose objects in or around the pool. Put them away for security and safety.
Maintenance Supplies. All cleaners, chemicals, and maintenance supplies should be kept in a locked storage area, away from children and pets. Check labels for proper storage and expiration dates, and follow manufacturers’ guidelines.
Inspired by the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals