Pools can be a great source of fun when warm weather rolls around. They can also bring great risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for every drowning, there are 11 near-drowning experiences. In addition to this, drowning in private pools is the 2nd leading cause of death in teenagers, and children aged 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. While supervision is the primary layer of protection when it comes to pool safety, it alone will not keep your swimmers safe.
Keep the pool area locked down when adults are not around to supervise. Add locks and alarms to the access doors of your pool area. This can help to prevent unexpected access and alert you if the locks fail and someone does get in. Utilize a fence specifically for your pool that is separate from any other fences. Do not store anything near the fence that can be used to climb the fence.
Train your children to swim and on water survival. Enroll your kids in swim lessons and water survival training. If your child accidentally falls in or finds themselves in trouble, these lessons and training can save their lives.
Chemical Safety. Your pool likely uses chemicals to maintain PH balance and keep it clean. Make sure to store chemicals in hard-to-reach areas to prevent them from being accessed or knocked over by children or visiting guests.
Invest in some safety equipment and tools. Invest in a pool safety cover that does not retain water on it and secure drain covers and automatic drain suction shut-off devices. Add nonskid surfaces on diving boards and around the pool. Keep rescue equipment in the pool area.
Establish pool rules. Create a list of rules that apply to anyone in or near the pool. For example, no dunking friends or no running in the pool area. Clarify which toys are okay for the pool and ensure they are fully picked up when pool time is done. Enforce your rules to help reduce risks.
These tips can help you to reduce risk when it comes to your pool. Remember, the biggest line of defense you have is supervision. For more safety tips visit poolsafely.gov.