Having a pool is a great opportunity to cool off in warmer weather, but it also poses some health and safety risks. To help everyone stay safe, inform your family and friends of these pool rules before you let anyone swim in your pool.
Use a pool barrier
According to InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors), the top of a pool barrier should be at least 48 inches above ground level when measured from the outside of the barrier. This is your primary defense in keeping young children at a safe distance from the pool opening.
Be careful when using floating chlorine dispensers
Avoid using chlorine dispensers that look like toys. With so many different types of floating toys on the market today, it’s all too easy for a child to mistake a chlorine dispenser for one.
The buddy system
Never swim alone in your swimming pool, as Blue Haven Pools & Spas advises. While it might be tempting to float or swim solo to enjoy the peace and quiet, your safety could depend on another individual being nearby. Have someone else in the water with you or at least nearby on the deck area of the pool.
Use extra caution with young swimmers
Make sure that a child can swim before they enter the pool without a flotation device or swim vest. As the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) warns, “never leave a child unattended near water in a pool, tub, bucket or ocean.” Nothing can substitute adult supervision when it comes to keeping young swimmers safe in and around the pool. The NDPA also recommends designating one adult as a “water watcher” to constantly supervise children while they’re in the water.
Keep safety tools at hand
The NDPA also stated that you should have a shepherd’s hook, lifesaver and CPR instructions near your pool in the event of an accident. It’s also wise to keep a landline phone or cell phone permanently stored by your pool in case you need to call 911.
Any pool owner should get CPR-certified to make sure they’re prepared to keep their family and friends safe while using the pool. Contact the Red Cross to find a training program in your area.
Walk slowly around the pool deck
It might be a no-brainer, but don’t run around the deck of your pool. It’s far too easy to slip on the wet surface if you’re going at a fast pace rather than a cautious, slow one.
Get a pool cover
The NDPA recommends using a pool cover whenever you’re not using your pool. This will act as a protective barrier to prevent family members or visitors from falling in and possibly drowning if they accidentally get too near the pool.
Don’t roughhouse in the water
Discourage children and guests from playing roughly in the pool, as Blue Haven Pools & Spas states. Avoid any games that involve dunking yourself or another person under the water or holding your breath for a long period.
Keep the pool area tidy
Store toys safely in a pool closet or other area inside of your home when not in use, per the NDPA. Toys left in the pool can easily attract small children who might forget that the toy is in the water and fall into the pool while trying to obtain it.
Protect your poolside and keep swimmers safe when they take a dip by establishing and following these practical suggestions.