Swimming in your own private pool can be very enjoyable. Enforcing rules about pool safety may not be at the top of your priority list. However, given that pool accidents can happen unexpectedly and the high risks associated with children drowning or having fatal injuries, it is important that you have a plan in place to ensure safety at your pool at all times.
Having a casual attitude about pool safety unfortunately often leads to injuries and mishaps. Putting pool safety first must be a priority at your swimming pool. It does not have to be difficult or a chore to enforce. In fact, the more discussion and openness you have about it, the more likely you are to educate yourself, your family, friends and guests and prevent any accidents from happening in the first place.
While you may have specific rules you want to have for your pool, here are several swimming pool safety rules that you can put in place right away to ensure the safety of everyone present.
1. No diving
Whether you decide to limit this rule to just ‘no diving in the shallow end’ of the pool or the entire pool, is up to your discretion. Putting this rule in place helps anyone using the pool know immediately that safety is the number one priority. This rule can prevent head injuries from happening.
2. No running.
Most pools get very wet along the outsides. These areas, whether they consist of tiles, concrete or other material, are often very slippery. A young kid running along in excitement, can easily slip and hit his head very hard in just a minute. This can result in a severe brain injury like a concussion or worse. Having this rule in place can prevent some of the worst injuries especially from very active kids.
3. Wearing life jackets.
This rule is something you will want to have in place for all kids that do not know how to swim. Ideally, any adult as well who does not know how to swim will wear one as well. Make sure that every kid going in and out of the pool is properly dressed.
4. Always have an adult present.
Regardless of how much experience your kid or your friend’s kid has at swimming, you will want to make sure that there is always an adult present, who is watching over the kids in the pool at all times. Never leave a child unattended or alone in the pool.
5. This adult must know how to swim and CPR.
The adult placed in charge of watching kids in the pool, must know how to swim and do basic CPR. Ideally this adult also knows infant CPR and other water safety measures. This person must be able to respond quickly and also know what to do when an ancient happens such as calling for help, pulling the kid out of the pool immediately and doing CPR to get water out of the body and the kid breathing normally again.
6. Keep a telephone and med kit nearby at all times.
At any moment, you should be able to make an emergency phone call in under a minute.
7. Use the right pool safety equipment.
Use a pool safety cover to protect your pool when not in use. Add a pool safety fence around the perimeter of the pool to prevent kids and pets that wander towards the pool, from accidentally falling into the pool. Both your pool fence and pool cover must be well made, durable, properly installed and in good condition (no rips, rust or deterioration). Your pool safety fence must be a minimum of 4 feet in height. Check your latches. Your pool fence must close immediately behind you after you open the latch to enter the enclosed pool area, preventing any wandering kids or pets from following you in.
If you do not have a pool fence installed, it is advisable that you do to safeguard your kids and pets. Contact Pool Safety Systems. We can help measure your pool and custom fit a pool fence to meet your needs exactly. We can also help you custom fit your pool with the right pool cover. We install pool covers as well so we can come out to your home to fit your pool.
8. Know how to operate any pool alarms.
If you have pool alarms installed, know how to operate them quickly. Any pool alarm must be placed high enough that young kids and toddlers cannot turn them on and off.
With these rules in place and proper training provided to any adult placed in charge, you can enjoy using your pool safely, knowing you are prepared for emergencies.