Pool safety is SO important for parents and homeowners. Accidental pool drownings are the result of too many fatalities in the US and children aged 1-4 are at the highest risk of these accidents. Leaving children unattended near an open pool is extremely dangerous. It is important to know how to keep children safe and what extra precautionary measures can be taken to ensure safety at all times. As pool owners, it is your responsibility to ensure safety from every angle including chemical balance in your pool water, providing sunscreen and floatation devices if necessary, fencing and gates where necessary, first aid kit, and of course, know how to perform CPR in case of emergency. Listed below are our pool safety tips for parents and pool owners, make sure you follow each accordingly!
One of the best ways to keep children out of harm’s way and away from the pool when adults are not present is to put a fence around the pool with a secure gate. This is the easiest way to ensure that your little ones will not accidentally fall into the pool when you are not paying attention or outside with them as they are playing. Keeping the gate locked or securing the gate with a childproof opener will also help keep children out of the pool area when you are not around. Installing a fence around the pool is one of the most important pool safety tips for parents.
This is pretty self-explanatory but we have to remind you that signing your kids up for swim lessons is one of the most important things you can do to keep your child safe in and around a pool! Nowadays you can sign your child up for swim lessons as infants, which seems a little crazy but it teaches them to be comfortable in the water and most importantly how to react and what to do if they accidentally fall in the pool. As your children get older, the swim lessons progress and your child will learn how to swim confidently in the water. This is yet another great pool safety tip for parents!
Teaching your children the do’s and dont’s of the pool area is important. You may not always be with your child when they are swimming (if they are at a friends house or the community pool), so make sure they know the simple rules that everyone should abide no matter where they are swimming. Rules to follow in or near the pool:
As a pool owner, it is your responsibility that the chemicals are balanced in your pool water as that will let you know if the water is safe for people to swim in. We suggest hiring your local pool care company to provide weekly pool care services. You can find affordable pool care companies who are full-service and provide quality pool maintenance which includes always making sure your water-chemical levels are balanced. Water safety is one of the crucial pool safety tips for parents and homeowners that cannot be overlooked.
As a pool owner it is important to know how to perform CPR on children and adults. In case of emergency, it is important for parents to be able to perform CPR on someone who has experienced an accidental pool drowning. Performing CPR can save a person’s life. CPR classes are offered all over the city and are extremely affordable. For CRP classes in your area, check out the American Red Cross website here!
When everyone is outside in the cool water having fun, reapplying sunscreen is often an afterthought but we are here to tell you it CAN’T be. In the Phoenix heat, sunscreen needs to be reapplied throughout the day as you enjoy the sun. It is extremely dangerous to not apply sunscreen when you are out in the sun for hours on end. One of the most important pool safety tips for parents is to APPLY SUNSCREEN often to your children.
Owning a pool is so much fun but it comes with major responsibilities that cannot be ignored. Consider the above pool safety tips for parents and pool owners and make sure you are following them accordingly!
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