One of the best things about living in Florida is pool season all year round. Being able to take a dip into your own at-home pool is one of the most relaxing things you can do. But whether you’re just lounging or watching the kiddos splash around, it’s always important to make safety your top priority.
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At-home pool safety is easy to take for granted, but even older children and strong swimmers can be caught off guard. Below are some tips to keep in mind:
Secure The Pool Area
Underground pools should be surrounded with four-sided isolation fencing with a self-closing and self-latching gate that is out of the reach of a child. This is to prevent any wandering children from falling in. For above-ground pools, secure, lock or remove steps, ladders and anything that can be used for access, such as outdoor furniture and toys. It’s good to make sure all fencing and safety measures are securely in place whenever the pool is not being actively supervised by an adult.
Maintain Constant Supervision
If you’re splashing around with the kiddos, you must be aware of what they’re doing at all times. When supervising others, try to minimize distractions such as using your phone or reading, especially with small children who should remain within arms reach. Keeping an eye on pool users is the best way to prevent an accident or be able to immediately help in case of an emergency.
Establish & Enforce Pool Rules
Every home has its own set of rules, and so should your pool. Some suggested pool rules are:
- Do not enter head-first unless in a pool that has a safe diving area.
- Stay away from drains and other openings that cause suction.
- Swim with a buddy.
- Only swim when supervised by a water watcher.
- Swim sober.
It’s important to inform any guests of your rules, and keeping a visible set of pool rules around is the best way to remind everyone how to have fun and be safe.
Train in Emergency Response
You want to make sure you know how to respond properly in an emergency, as well as make sure your family and caregivers are trained as well. It’s good for everyone to know how to give CPR and be able to recognize signs of trouble. Younger kids should be confident in knowing they need to call for help when they see someone in trouble.
By following these at-home pool safety tips, you can ensure you’ll have a fun and safe time swimming and lounging by your refreshing pool.