10 Tips for Swimming Pool Safety

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Even though the weather is cooling off, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be aware of safety concerns around a swimming pool. Here are 10 tips for swimming pool safety.

  1. If your child is missing, check the pool first. If the unthinkable has happened every second counts.
  2. If you’re little one already knows how to swim they should still always be supervised. Knowing how to swim doesn’t prevent accidents from happening.
  3. Pool Alarms. These can be used as an added safety feature and they are made for doors and for underwater.
  4. Are there empty homes on your street? Do they have swimming pools? This can be very dangerous even if the pool is empty. If you aren’t sure if there is a pool, try using Google maps (satellite view) to check out your neighborhood. An empty home with a pool can be a hazard that is easily prevented by a phone call to the owner or real estate agent. Simply ask them to please place a lock on the side gate to prevent the possibility of a child wandering back there.
  5. Long hair and limbs can get caught in pool drains creating a risk for your young swimmers. Make sure that no pool drains are broken or missing. Even better, if your child has long hair, pin it up to prevent accidental suction. Know where your circuit breaker is for the pool/spa and label it clearly in the event it needs to be shut off during an emergency.
  6. Have your child wear an approved safety device at all times while you are around the pool. Arm floaties can easily slip off when a child jumps in. A flotation device that is snug and goes around the torso is a better option.
  7. Identify other areas besides pools that pose a threat. Things like small wading pools or plastic tubs can be enough to compromise the safety of your child.
  8. If you have a play date, ask if the child knows how to swim. If the answer is no, take extra precaution to lock all doors leading to the pool. If you are taking your child to a play date ask if there is a pool.
  9. If you are going to a park, find out if there is a pool and know where it is. Make sure that there isn’t a way that your child can get in to the area.
  10. Pool fences should go around the entire pool and be at least 4 feet tall. There should be a secure latch and/or lock if your child can reach the opening.

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  • http://www.nationwidepools.com/ In Ground Swimming Pools

    I think you should add a pool cover to your list. They are a great form of security.

  • admin

    You know, I never considered adding pool covers. I can honestly say I’m not familiar with the safety aspects of them. Thanks for the info, I’ll do some research, and might do a new post just on covers.

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    Install barriers to make the pool or spa area safer and delay entry of unsupervised children. Fences should be at least four feet high with self-closing, self-latching gates, which are kept in good working order. Power safety covers or doors equipped with an alarm system or self-closing and self-latching devices are other effective safety features. While these measures do not replace supervision, they can prevent or detect access by young children to the pool. Use these barriers in “layers,” with each layer adding to the safety of the pool.

  • http://www.cheappoolproducts.com/ intex pools

    Install barriers to make the pool or spa area safer and delay entry of unsupervised children. Fences should be at least four feet high with self-closing, self-latching gates, which are kept in good working order. Power safety covers or doors equipped with an alarm system or self-closing and self-latching devices are other effective safety features. While these measures do not replace supervision, they can prevent or detect access by young children to the pool. Use these barriers in “layers,” with each layer adding to the safety of the pool.

  • inception42

    I always worry about my son when he goes to his friends for a day of swimming in their backyard pool. This was a good list of things to be weary of.

  • admin

    Glad you enjoyed it.