Though owning a swimming pool can allow you, family and friends to cool off in the summer heat, it also comes with serious responsibilities. After all, swimming pools can present significant safety hazards and potential liability risks. As such, consider these precautions to make sure your friends and family can enjoy your pool safely.
Swimming Pool Safety Tips
- Only allow trusted individuals in the pool area, such as family and friends. Never let strangers swim in your pool.
- Instruct children and guests to avoid running in the pool area, as this can easily lead to slips and falls.
- Do not leave your children or guests alone in the event that they would need assistance.
- Teach pool rules to your children and guests and post them in a highly visible location.
- Tell children and guests to avoid sticking their fingers in the swimming pool grates and filters.
- Clear the swimming pool area for at least 30 minutes if you hear thunder or see lightning.
How to Reduce Drowning Risks
- Install a fence with self-locking and -closing gates to completely isolate your pool from your house and the areas around it.
- Place a cover over the swimming pool when you are not using it.
- Be sure to supervise swimmers at all times—especially children.
- Keep lifesaving equipment near the pool and make sure you know how to properly use it.
- Don’t allow swimmers to horseplay in the pool.
How to Minimize Disease Risks
- Keep the pool water properly filtered and chemically treated.
- Don’t allow swimmers to drink pool water.
- Try to keep pets out of the swimming pool.
- Avoid having anyone with open wounds or illnesses enter the pool.
- Don’t allow babies to enter the pool unless they are wearing swim diapers.
How to Mitigate Chemical Risks
- Avoid over-shocking the swimming pool — always keep chemicals at the proper levels.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully whenever you add chemicals to the pool or filtration system.
- Store chemicals in a cool, dry place, away from fire hazards and lawn care products.
In Case of an Emergency
When hosting a pool party at home, it’s wise to assign several adults to the job of “lifeguard” for all swimmers. These individuals shouldn’t drink alcohol and should stay on constant alert for swimmers in distress. That way, you can ensure a quick response in the event of an emergency.
- Take lifeguard, CPR and first-aid courses in case anyone needs assistance while on your property. Once old enough, your children should receive this same training.
- Enroll your children in swimming classes led by a qualified swim instructor.
- Keep rescue equipment and a cell phone close to the pool area so you can call 911.
- Place emergency numbers and CPR instructions close to the pool.
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