What’s the all-time most important rule for every pool owner? Ok… besides “No Peeing in the Pool.” At Pool Pros, it’s Safety First. Safety is important for people of all ages, but children are especially vulnerable to pool safety hazards since drowning is a leading cause of death for children. For young children under five years old, 26% died in a drowning accident according to the Centers for Disease Control. As a responsible pool owner, it’s up to you to make sure to protect your loved ones by implementing strict pool safety rules.
Rule One: Always Supervise Children at Your Pool
Children should never be left alone at a pool, regardless of their age or swimming abilities. Even competent swimmers can be injured in the water. It is never, ever safe for children to have any access to your pool without immediate supervision by an adult. Any child under 5 years old should be within arm’s reach of an adult at all times.
Rule Two: Learn CPR
It only takes a moment for a child to drown. By learning the basics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), you can help save a life in the rare event of a pool accident. The American Red Cross offers courses in CPR – as well as other topics related to babysitting and lifeguarding – that can benefit your entire family.
Rule Three: Limit Pool Access
Even the most cautious pool owners can be taken by surprise if they do not restrict access to the pool area. Most young children who drown in pools wander out of the house and fall into the pool. Install a fence that completely surrounds your pool’s perimeter. It should be at least 4 feet high with a self-closing latch that is higher than a child’s reach. After children are done swimming, double check that the pool is secure, so they can’t get back in. If you aren’t sure if your fence or gate meets these safety standards, just ask us, the Pool Pros, for a free consultation.
Rule Four: Keep Safety Equipment Nearby
Your pool should have both a Shepherd’s hook and a life preserver in clear view. Use approved life vests EVERY time a child goes swimming until they’re ready to swim without one. A life vest is not the same as inflatable “swimming wings” or similar toys. Also, make sure everyone knows where the nearest telephone is located, in case an emergency call to 911 needs to be made.
Finally, it’s also important to look at what SHOULDN’T be near the pool. After swimming is over, remove all toys, floaties and other playthings from the pool. Children can be tempted to reach in for a colorful toy and may accidentally fall into the pool.
By following these tips, you can protect your little ones from an avoidable tragedy. Make sure that your pool is receiving the proper pool maintenance and anything that requires pool repair is taken care of as soon as possible. If you have any questions or want to get some Naples pool service, feel free to contact us, your trusty Pool Pros, online or give us a call at (239) 277-7783.