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It is always important to have constant & competent adult supervision at all times.

Most pool accidents can be avoided with preventative safety measures and good common sense.  PoolSafely.gov reports on the pool injuries and drowning incidents. Most pool accidents can be avoided with preventative safety measures and good common sense.  Keep reading for important safety tips that can help make your swimming pool safer for summer fun.

Swimming Pool Safety Equipment

Do you have a fence? A pool cover? Have you checked your outlet covers (main drains)? Follow these steps for safer swimming pool equipment.

  • Invest in a sturdy pool cover for times when the swimming pool is closed. Power safety covers that have been approved by the American Society for Testing and Materials are convenient, widely available, and easy to operate.
  • Install a self-latching fence around the pool. Be sure to choose fencing materials that aren’t easy to climb. The CPSC recommends at least a 4-foot high barrier with fence slats less than 4 inches apart. 
  • Check the suction covers. If they are missing or broken, repair them immediately and keep everyone out of the pool until they’re fixed. Faulty covers can cause accidental entrapment, which can lead to drowning. You can read the  Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act or consult a pool professional.
  • If a door in your house leads to the swimming pool, consider installing a door alarm to alert you if someone is entering the pool area.
  • Keep life-saving flotation devices and a shephard's hook nearby to aid in a rescue situation.
  • Keep a First Aid Kit and a Phone along with emergency phone numbers near the pool.
  • Be sure to notify the depth of the water to your friends and family before they enter the pool.

An Unused Swimming Pool Isn’t Always Safe

When you’re finished enjoying the pool, make sure you take all the toys and flotation devices out of the pool so that curious children don’t try to reach for them. Cover the pool and lock the fence.

If you have an above-ground pool, remove the steps or secure the ladder so no one can climb them.

Stay Alert—and Nearby—When Children Are in the Pool

According to the CPSC , a child can drown in less time than it takes to answer the phone. That’s why it’s critically important that you never leave children unattended when they’re swimming in your pool—and why any child younger than 5 years old should always be within arm’s reach.

For an extra measure of security, take a CPR class, learn basic rescue procedures and always keep a phone near the swimming pool.

A Clean Pool Can Help Prevent the Spread of Illness

Dirty pool water can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria or mosquitos that can cause sickness and infections in swimmers. Make the effort to keep your swimming pool and water as clean as possible can help minimize the possibility of illness.

  • Regularly sanitize the pool, test the water to make sure you’re maintaining the correct water chemistry.
  • Remove debris every day and check the level of sanitizer.

Since there is too much for us to cover in this blog about safety we put some more websites below for you to visit.

 

The APSP safety web page 

The APSP safety brochures 

Barrier guidelines from the CPSC

Pool Safety Links from NESPA