Pool Safety: The Best Tips for Staying Safe Near Water

Temperatures are reaching their highest levels of the year, and it’s the perfect time to cool off in the pool. Have fun, but always be careful! You never know when an accident could happen. According to the National Safety Council, more than 3,700 Americans drowned in 2017, so it’s best to stay on your guard. Just take a few precautions to make sure your family observes these pool safety tips.

 

Teach your children to swim.

Many communities offer free or affordable swimming lessons for young children. Look around and find a few local options.

 

Learn CPR and first aid.

It’s always a good idea to learn CPR and basic first aid, but you should also keep a first aid kit near your pool. Also, make sure everyone in your family can use the kit and administer emergency care.

 

Watch children carefully.

Never leave boys and girls unattended at a pool. Make sure a responsible adult keeps a close eye on them at all times, without the distractions of a book or phone.

 

Check your drain covers.

Faulty drains have caused multiple drownings in the past so inspect yours for cracks or missing screws. Rounded covers are also best. Also, make sure children know not to play near drains.

 

Get rid of your diving board and slide.

These features can cause injuries and are best removed from a pool area.

 

Build a fence.

Surround your pool with a barrier at least four feet high and place a cover over the water when no one is swimming. This will keep wandering children from falling in. 

 

Establish firm rules.

Make sure your family knows what behavior is and isn’t allowed near the pool. You could even post a list of items like “no running,” “no diving into shallow water,” and “no pushing others into the pool.”

 

Keep it tidy.

Reduce the risk of falls by clearing your pool area of tripping hazards like discarded floats, tubes, and toys.

 

If anything does happen near your pool, a good home insurance policy will cover the accident—as long as you adhere to a few rules. The pool must have a fence—or in the case of an above-ground pool, a surrounding deck—and a locking gate. For more information, call us at 270-554-2105.