Top 50 Pool Builder provides a short list of the Do’s and Don’ts of swimming pool safety for National Water Safety Month. Cipriano Landscape Design- Northern, NJ
As spring and summer eventually begin to roll in, have you taken a moment to double-check you’re swimming pool area for proper safety measures? Now is the time when people start opening their pools for the summer season and also why May is National Water Safety Month. Everyday more and more people own residential swimming pools and so educating family friends and neighbors on water safety is becoming more and more important. There are certain precautions you should check before letting anyone near your swimming pool area, which is why we want to provide you with a quick and easy list of the Do’s and Don’ts of swimming pool safety.
- Add self-locking gates on all of your fences. If your house makes up one side of the fence make sure the doors and windows that open towards the pool are equipped with safe locks and alarms.
- Learn how to perform CPR on both children and adults and understand the basics of life saving so you can assist in case of an emergency.
- Keep a first aid kit handy and post CPR procedures in an easily accessible location
- Install a cordless phone nearby the pool area with emergency numbers already programmed into the speed dial.
- Install and use a lockable cover on your spa.
- Make sure your swimming pool and spa is equipped with the latest compliant drain covers to avoid small children getting caught.
- Always make sure there is a designated watcher. If you are having a party rotate each hour which adult will carefully watch the pool.
- Never leave a child unattended around a swimming pool even if they are very good swimmers.
- Don’t assume the inflatable tubes or child safety devices are enough to keep your child safe in the water. Never make the mistake of using these instead of supervision.
- Don’t leave furniture close to the outside of the swimming pool fence. Children can move these and use them to climb over the fence.
- Never prop the gate open to a pool area for convenience. Take the time to open and close it every time.
- Don’t assume if you are nearby you will hear a child splashing around in a pool. Drowning is a silent death
Swimming pools can be one of the most beneficial spaces in your house. They provide countless hours of enjoyment and fun during the hot days of the summer. They are wonderful for entertaining friends and family and one of the best ways to exercise and promote good health. Please take the time to follow these precautions to make sure your swimming pool area can be as enjoyable as possible for years and years to come.