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Pool Safety Tips to Protect Your Family

Pools provide tons of fun. From pool parties to pool games, there are plenty of ways to enjoy your home pool. However, all pool owners know water can also be dangerous and pool safety is an important topic.

From teaching children (or anyone to swim) to understanding the general dangers around a pool, everyone should learn about pool safety.

Why?

As the American Red Cross explains:

“Millions of us enjoy warm weather every year by swimming in our backyard pools and relaxing in hot tubs. Tragically though, over 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year.”

As a result of these tragic accidents, it is important to understand the dangers that water presents and seek to avoid them. After all, by reducing dangerous situations and knowing how to prevent accidents, then you and your family can have more fun!

Pool Safety Tips to Protect Your Family

Swimming pools and spas are great places for family fun. It’s important to ensure everyone follows simple pool safety steps to make everyone safer in and around water (pools, lakes or the ocean).

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1. Always Supervise Children

Proper supervision is important for any child (including children that know how to swim). As a general rule, attempt to stay within arm’s reach of young kids and designate a responsible person to watch the water when people are in the pool. It is important to never allow anyone to swim alone and have young or inexperienced swimmers wear an appropriate life jacket.

2. Properly Secure the Pool

Appropriate barriers to properly secure your pool are generally considered to be a 4-feet high fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Place a safety cover on the pool or hot tub when not in use and remove any ladders or steps used for access. Plus, consider installing a pool alarm that goes off if anyone enters the pool.

Why is it important to secure swimming pools? Almost 50% of pool-related injuries occur at residential pools.

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3. Teach Everyone to Swim

Swimming is a great summer activity and swimming is also a potentially lifesaving skill. Ensure everyone in your home knows how to swim. Enroll children (or force an adult) in age-appropriate water orientation and/or learn-to-swim courses (typically available from the local YMCA or Parks & Recreation Department).

4. Establish (& Enforce) Safe Behaviors

Safe behaviors helps prevent accidents. Although kids (and some adults) may resist, it is important to establish and enforce rules, such as:

  • no diving.
  • no running.
  • swim with a buddy.
  • stay away from drain covers.

In fact, drain covers are a huge potential hazard. According to the experts:

“Do not play or swim near drains or suction outlets, especially in spas and shallow pools, and never enter a pool or spa that has a loose, broken or missing drain cover. Children’s hair, limbs, jewelry or bathing suits can get stuck in a drain or suction opening. When using a spa, be sure to locate the emergency vacuum shut off before getting in the water.”

5. Ensure Everyone Knows Proper Emergency Responses

It is part of life that accidents happen. As a result, be prepared and ensure your family knows how to respond to water-related emergencies. Teach everyone to learn where the appropriate safety equipment is stored and have them take water safety, first aid and CPR courses.

To learn more about pool safety topics, then check out the resources at Home Pool Essentials.

Home Pool Essentials was jointly developed by the American Red Cross and the National Swimming Pool Foundation and offers an online course that teaches home pool owners the basics of pool and hot tub maintenance along with strategies for creating a safer environment.

Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Family Safe this Summer

Pool safety means more than just protecting people when they are swimming or around the water. Pool safety also includes pool maintenance tips to protect your family as well.

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6. Plan Pool Maintenance When Kids Are Away

For the most part, proper pool maintenance involves mixing chemicals and testing the water. Although chlorine is necessary to ensure water safety, the fumes could potentially be dangerous if inhaled. Plan to mix chemicals while the kids are away so you can concentrate on the task at hand and not worry about watching the children as well.

7. Pool Maintenance Requires Teamwork

For the DIY pool person, then try to have a helper. A helper can watch for spills and ensure any chemicals are mixed in the correct proportions. Also, a spotter can watch out for wind. When adding chemicals, then it helps to not battle with the elements. Your friendly assistant can note the wind picking up and recommend mixing the chemicals later.

After all, a second set of eyes never hurt anyone.

8. Use Safety Gear

Safety goggles and gloves should be used every time during pool maintenance (especially if you are mixing chemicals).

9. Store Chemicals Safely

It goes without saying, but make sure to store the chemicals safely. Ideally, you have a protected (i.e., locked) space that is separate from other hazardous equipment (such as gasoline, turpentine, paint and fertilizer). Plus, once the maintenance is completed, take a lap around the working and storage area to ensure that everything is properly stored.

At NAMCO our local stores are there to help pool owners understand how their pool works. If you have any pool safety or pool maintenance questions, then stop by your nearest NAMCO store and talk to an expert today!

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