No one wants an accident to occur, but they invariably do for all swimming pool owners. The best way for you to help prevent as many pool side accidents as possible is to follow certain swimming pool safety tips that all who use your pool must follow. As a pool owner it is your responsibility to know the dangers of the water as well as how you can prevent them. Here are a few tips that will get you started in preparation to owning a swimming pool.
Safety Rule 1: Constant Supervision
Whether it’s you, your spouse or another adult that you trust, there should always be supervision around your pool when people are using it. It’s obviously most preferred if someone who owns the pool is around as a means to keep the rules in order. The best option is to have a supervisor that knows how to swim well enough to help a child or another adult in case of an accident.
Safety Rule 2: Flotation Devices
While children that can’t swim should have a safety device like arm floats or life vests, you should never rely on those to prevent a child from drowning. Never allow your child to swim alone with these devices. Make sure you can reach your child at all times when he/she is in the swimming pool.
Safety Rule 3: Fence
By having a fence you are creating a physical boundary that should keep most children out. The only effective way for this to work is if your child doesn’t know how to unlatch or open the gate and if the gate is locked at all times when you can’t be near the pool to watch your child swim. There are ways you can secure your fence so older children that can reach a latch can’t open the gate either. Have a lock with a key or a combination lock. You can also install an alarm on the fence so if the gate does get opened you’ll be informed.
Safety Rule 4: Have a Phone Handy
A cordless phone could almost be considered a must when you have a swimming pool. Accidents only take a few seconds to happen. The time it would take for you to run inside and answer a phone call is all it could take for something fatal to happen. Also, having a phone nearby will help if something does happen while you’re around and you need to call for emergency help.
Safety Rule 5: Permission slips
Because swimming is most fun when there are other people around your children will likely want to have friends over to swim with them. Instead of not allowing this, make sure you have permission slips for each child you allow into your pool. Also, each child should be able to swim.
Safety Rule 6: Deep vs. Shallow ends
Because there are people that can’t swim, it’s often wise to have some sort of indication of where the pool is too deep for people to reach. Make sure both children and adults understand that the deep end is only for people that can swim. One way you can ensure they can swim is have them pass a swimming test by making them swim from one edge of the pool to the other width-wise.
Safety Rule 7: Removing Ladders
Many above ground swimming pools have ladders as a means of getting in and out. If you’re not using or near the pool you should always have the ladder away from the pool and in a secured place so children can’t get to the pool alone.
Safety Rule 8: CPR
Because you are the supervisor of the swimming pool your job is much like a lifeguard’s. If you own a swimming pool you should know how to perform CPR. If you don’t know CPR then find a class to learn it. You could save a life by knowing CPR.
The rules of the pool will all be created by you. If you need to go so far as to post the rules around the pool do so. Don’t be lenient about the rules because that is how issues arise regarding safety.