5 Pool Safety Tips for a Fun, Splash-Filled Summer
Walk, Don’t Run
When kids and even adults get giddy, it’s easy to forget the poolside, likely to get wet, is a slipping hazard. Absolutely never run, even in anticipation of jumping into the pool, around the pool area. Whether or not you’re wearing sandals, the slippery surface is a danger. It’s safer to get into the pool slowly and avoid jumping or diving altogether.
Don’t Swim Alone
Never swim alone. In a public space, you can swim under a lifeguard’s eye. At home, you’ll need another adult. Even if you’re an expert swimmer, an unexpected issue may arise. If no one wants to swim with you, ask the other person to lounge by the poolside, ready to jump in only in the event of an emergency.
When it comes to children, never let the kids use the pool unsupervised by an adult. Swimming only with other children puts them all at risk when there’s an emergency.
Whoever’s swimming or in charge of watching over others while they swim must avoid alcohol before and during the swim. Alcohol, even in moderate amounts, slows down reaction times and puts swimmers at greater risk. Even if the person doesn’t plan to swim, if they’re needed to jump in and rescue someone, alcohol will impair their judgment.
Drains and other suction fixtures around the pool are there to keep the pool clean. They may prove tempting to play around with, especially for children, but they pose a risk. Not only can a person injure their hand or foot if they get stuck, but they may also drown if the suction pulls them under. If swimming with children, be clear that the drains are a no-go zone.
Don’t Spread Sickness
In order to limit the spread of bacteria and viruses:
· Clean the pool regularly, with proper chemicals
· Don’t swallow any of the pool water
· Don’t enter the pool when suffering from gastrointestinal illnesses
· Don’t let kids go to the bathroom in the pool
· Wash hands with soap in a sink before entering the pool
If you’re swimming with infants in proper floatation equipment, be sure their diapers are extra water-resistant to lessen the risk of waste making it into the pool.
If you enjoy the pool with children, it’s especially important you go over these tips with them. The Red Cross suggests you and your family enroll in swimming lessons to be extra safe. While there’s no reason to be afraid of using a pool, it doesn’t hurt to be cautious. A few simple precautions will continue to ensure you have nothing but pleasant memories at the poolside.
About the Author: Cleveland Hamman is an outdoor living blogger. He recommends Watson’s Pools for those looking for everything they need for a summer pool, from the pool itself to poolside furniture.