Posted at: 06/25/2012 10:47 AM
Having a pool is a great way to beat the summer heat and have a little fun. But with the fun of owning a pool comes responsibility for the safety of those who will be enjoying it.
Home pool drowning is the leading cause of death in children 5 and under. Most accidents that occur poolside happen when parents are not expecting their children to be in or around the pool. Maintaining a safe pool environment goes beyond preventing drowning to include keeping the water clean and balanced.
Preparedness and watchful supervision are key to maintaining the safety of loved ones this summer.
• Actively supervise children when they are in the pool area
• Restrict pool access when not in use
o Enclose the area in a 4-foot fence
o Remove ladders that provide access into the pool
o Lock the pool area with a self-latching device
• Encourage weak swimmers and young children to wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket while in the pool
• Enroll children in swimming lessons
• Set rules about pool use and go over them regularly with children
o No children allowed in the pool without active adult supervision
o Nobody swims alone
o No running or pushing
o No diving (unless the pool meets the safety standards)
• Do not consume alcohol while using a pool or hot tub
• Test water regularly for pH and disinfectant levels
• Store chemicals out of the reach of children
• Have a First Aid Kit in the pool area in case an emergency should arise