It’s almost summer, it’s getting warmer and it’s time to get the pool ready. Once you’ve removed the cover, cleaned the pool and refilled it you need to do one other thing; create a pool safety kit. This is the first step towards creating a safe environment so you, your family and friends can really enjoy the water. A pool safety kit should include the following:
- A first aid kit.
- A pair of scissors to cut hair, clothing or a pool cover, if necessary.
- A charged cell phone to call 911.
- A flotation device.
The best way to prevent accidents and unexpected incidents that result in drownings or unnecessary injuries is to add best water
safety practices and stick to them. Here is a list:
- Make sure you always watch your children when they are in or near a pool.
- Teach your children basic water safety tips.
- Minimize horseplay in or around the pool.
- Keep your children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid them getting trapped.
- If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool first.
- Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors.
- Don’t be afraid to post a laminated list of safety “tips” around your pool.
- Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.
- Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly. The Red Cross and many local hospitals offer these courses on a regular basis.
- Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency.
- Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates. Suggest that your neighbors consider doing the same thing.
- Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
- If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing your pool.
- Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water.
- Make sure your pool has compliant drain covers. If you don’t know if you have them talk to your pool service provider.
- Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order.
- Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm.
I know this is a long list but adhering to these safety practices will prevent a tragedy and ensure that everyone has a safe, summer of fun.
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