21 Pool Safety Tips For Summer
During our summer heat, can you think of anything better than cooling off in a backyard pool?
However, there can be dangers in and around the water, especially for children. Did you know that it takes a mere 20 seconds for a child to drown, and that drowning is the leading cause of death for toddlers up to age four?
Ensure safety around the pool in some key ways. First, pay attention! Know your surroundings, keep the pool and surrounding area in good condition, and be aware of where pool users (especially children) are at all times.
Pool safety tips
- Keep lifesaving equipment (reaching or throwing assists, such as a safety ring with a rope) and a first aid kit near the pool.
- Keep a telephone, and emergency phone numbers, close to the pool.
- Create an emergency signal, and practice emergency procedures.
- The ideal time to swim is during the day. Stay out of the pool if you see lightning, or hear thunder.
- Active adult supervision is of the utmost importance– never leave your child unattended, not even for a second.
- Take your children with you if you have to leave the pool for any reason.
- Establish pool rules, such as: swimming with a buddy, no children unaccompanied by an adult, and keeping glass away from the pool.
- Do not use alcohol or drugs in or around the pool.
- Lifejackets or Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) should be worn by weak or non-swimmers. NOTE: They are not substitutes for supervision by a lifeguard or an adult, preferably with good swimming skills.
- Enroll your children in swimming lessons.
- Adults who are weak swimmers should also take lessons.
- Adults should take first aid classes, if possible.
- Secure your pool with a fence. Refer to your municipal bylaws for fencing requirements, the usual recommended height is at least 1.2 metres or 4 feet high, all the way around your pool.
- Ensure the gate has a self-closing and self-latching gate beyond a child’s reach.
- Keep the pool gate closed and locked at all times.
- Keep toys, garden furniture and tools away from the pool fence. Children can climb up on these items to get over the fence and into the pool.
- Most backyard pools are not safe for diving–swimmers should always enter the water feet-first.
- Keep the deck clear of toys and debris, which can be a tripping hazard.
- Small on-ground portable or kiddie pools should be emptied when not in use.
- Above-ground pools should have the ladder or steps removed when not in use.
- Keep a safety cover on your pool when it is not in use.
Backyard pools can be a summer joy. Know how to have fun in the sun and pool while staying safe!
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