Swimming Pool Safety Tips

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Swimming Pool Safety Tips

  1. Never rely on a safety advice such as an alarm. Nothing can take the place of adult supervision.
  2. Teach your children to NEVER lean over the pool or play around the pool. They can easily fall in.
  3. Do not let children ride bikes, jump on pogo sticks, or use other toys such as these near a swimming pool.
  4. Remove all floats from the pool when it is not in use. You want to maintain clear visibility underwater.
  5. Give all children a strict set of guidelines to use in and around the pool and make sure they understand the consequences for breaking the rules.
  6. If you have an in-ground pool, you must have a fence surrounding it. The height depends on the county you live in. Make sure your fence is equipped with a self closing and self latching gate(s) to prevent unwelcome curious little visitors (aka: wandering children). The latch should not be accessible by small children and at least 54 inches above the existing grade from the outside of the gate.
  7. If your pool is uncovered when not in use, make sure the water is CLEAR so that you could see if someone were to accidentally fall in.
  8. Impress upon children the dangers of swimming alone. No one should swim alone. Children must have qualified adult supervision at all times.
  9. If one of the barriers to your pool is your home and it has a rear entry door, be sure to equip the door with door chimes that sound an alarm when the door is opened.
  10. Keep a portable phone or cellular phone poolside in case of an emergency. Seconds matter when water is involved.

These tips are just some common sense ideas to help keep children safe near your swimming pool. Nearly 300 children under the age of five drown each year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Please remember that the best defense against drowning is adult supervision.

Please feel to contact us if you would like one of our safety managers to make a site visit to your home to ensure that your pool, fence, gate(s) and home are all ready for the upcoming pool season.