With each swim season comes the anticipation of another new year of fun in the sun and a new opportunity to create fun-filled memories with family and friends. This is especially true if you own a swimming pool of your own. And by adding as many layers of safety around the swimming pool as possible, you’ll help ensure that swim season remains the fun experience it should be, while keeping everyone safe at the same time.
Layer one – User awareness
Swim classes – Anyone that lives in a home with a pool should know how to swim. There are swim classes for children as young as 6 – 12 months offered all around the country. Swimmlessons.com is a helpful resource for finding swim lessons near you.
Supervision – There is no substitute for close supervision. A responsible adult should always be outdoors supervising pool time.
CPR Classes – Learn to perform CPR on both children and adults. Stop by the American Heart Association website to find a CPR and First Aid Class near you.
Emergency readiness – Have a phone nearby whenever using the pool. Instruction children about using 911 emergency services.
Layer two – Safety devices
Gates – A four-foot or taller fence provides a no-worry pool safety device around the pool. Enhance the security it provides by installing self-close, and self-latching gates.
Gate alarms – Pool gate alarms alert you seconds after a gate has been opened, and are available for purchase for as low as $ 50.00. This keeps your children, and those in your neighborhood, out of the pool when you are not there to supervise.
Surface-wave alarm – These alarms set on the side of the pool, and will sound an alarm when anything disrupts the surface of the water. This is a fabulous pool safety device in homes with toddler-age children.
Floating devices – Arm floats, swim rings, pool buoys, and other floating devices should be provided in and around the pool at all times. Adults and children can rely on them if they begin to feel tired or fatigued.
Layer three – Chemical storage
Swimming pool chemicals should never be handled by children, and should also be stored in a well-ventilated room away from direct sunlight. Ideally, pool chemicals should be stored in a locked room or shed that pets and children cannot have access to. Find out everything you need to know about chemical storage by reading this helpful article from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
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