Summer is just around the corner and we can soon look forward to warm days lounging around the pool. Make sure it stays a pleasant experience by following this guide to keeping everyone safe around the pool.
We all enjoy warm weather by swimming in our backyard pools. Tragically though, over 200 young children drown in swimming pools each year. The American Red Cross suggests owners make pool safety their priority by following these guidelines:
1. Secure your pool with appropriate barriers. Completely surround your pool with a 4-feet high fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Place a safety cover on the pool or hot tub when not in use and remove any ladders or steps used for access. Consider installing a pool alarm that goes off if anyone enters the pool.
2. Keep children under active supervision at all times. Stay in arm’s reach of young kids. Designate a responsible person to watch the water when people are in the pool—never allow anyone to swim alone. Have young or inexperienced swimmers wear an approved life jacket.
3. Ensure everyone in the home knows how to swim well by enrolling them in age-appropriate water orientation and learn-to-swim courses.
4. Keep your pool or hot tub water clean and clear. Maintain proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration. Regularly test and adjust the chemical levels to minimise the risk of earaches, rashes or more serious diseases.
5. Establish and enforce rules and safe behaviours, such as “no diving,” “stay away from drain covers,” “swim with a buddy” and “walk please.”
6. Ensure everyone in the home knows how to respond to aquatic emergencies by having appropriate safety equipment and taking water safety, first aid and CPR courses.
If you are going to the coast this summer also take note of the following tips to stay safe in the sea. Click for larger view.