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6 Ways to Stay Safe Around the Pool

August 11, 2016

ways-stay-safe-around-pool.jpgAmong the many summertime activities you’re doing this summer is heading to the swimming pool. And while hitting the pool is a great way to beat the heat, it also can be a year-round activity, so it’s important you know how to prevent drowning and other pool injuries.

Take a look at the ways you can keep yourself and your children safe around the pool this year.

1. Enforce no horseplay

Allowing kids to wrestle with one another or play roughly in the water can lead to drowning and other injuries. Unless a child is an expert swimmer, it is not a good idea for them to try to do tricks and jumps into the pool.

2. Use flotation devices and remain in the water with your child

There aren’t any substitutes for life-saving devices. Rafts and water wings can be punctured, which then could drag under the water and pull a child down. It is important that your child use a life vest if they do not know how to swim. While flotation devices can be used at private pools, many public pools don’t allow them. If your child isn’t a strong swimmer, it’s important to always remain in the water with him or her even if they are using a floatation device.

3. Keep your pool gated and locked

If you own or are planning to install a private pool, it’s important to make sure it’s gated and your child cannot access the pool without adult supervision. Not having the proper barricades and covers for your pool can quickly lead to children drowning or being injured, if they get away from eyesight. Many communities require fencing around pools. Check your city regulations.

4. Limit alcohol consumption

Consuming a few drinks by the pool is fun, especially on a hot day when they’re particularly refreshing. However, alcohol can impair your judgment and reflex time, which can lead to not being able to provide safety for your child or the children around you, let alone yourself.

5. Learn CPR

Taking the time to become certified in CPR could be the difference between saving a life or watching someone drown. You can research regional training courses or reference the Red Cross.

6. Teach children to stay away from drains

Pool drains can catch on children’s suits, hair and sometimes limbs and keep them from coming to the surface of the pool. Make sure to teach your children this so they know to stay clear of the drains. Also make sure pools where you swim have the proper drain covers. If not, tell a pool attendant.

Remember these tips to stay safe around the pool all year, and keep in mind other precautions, such as no running, no eating or chewing gum while swimming, and to always have adult supervision.