How Can I Make My Swimming Pool Safer?

Summer means fun in the sun and parties by the pool for millions of American families. While swimming can be an excellent way to have fun and bond with your family, it can also be very dangerous if you do not take the necessary safety precautions. Unfortunately, each year about 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools. This why it is important to be aware of, and up to date with, the latest swimming pool safety guidelines. For example, “floaties” or “water-wings” are no longer considered safety gear. In fact, safety experts believe they actually create a false sense of security in young swimmers. The following tips can help if you’re concerned about the safety of swimmers in your pool.

Tips to Help Keep Your Pool Safe

  • Fence off the area around your pool with at least a 5-ft. fence
  • Use self-latching gates that children can’t reach
  • Store rescue gear and a telephone nearby for emergencies
  • Invest in a first-aid kit
  • Don’t leave children unattended
  • Adults should learn CPR and rescue safety
  • Avoid swallowing pool water
  • Wash or shower after swimming
  • Maintain proper chemical levels, circulation, and filtration
  • Use a designated watcher when young children are swimming

Be aware that drowning is a silent death. Despite what Hollywood might have you believe, there is often no splashing or screaming to alert anyone when a child is drowning nearby. Teaching children early on about the dangers associated with swimming pools can reduce their risk of swim-related injuries or accidents. One thing you can do is create and establish rules or guidelines for safe behavior. Posting basic rules like “no diving” or “beware of drain covers” can decrease risks for people swimming in your pool.

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