Every year once school’s out and the warm summer weather returns in June, millions of Americans enjoy themselves by swimming and lounging in their pools in the backyard. Unfortunately, though, more than 200 children drown in these pools every summer. Even more tragically, many of these deaths could have been prevented if a few simple yet vital steps were followed.
Make sure that your summer is a safe and full of fun by following these 5 safety tips when you and your loved ones swim!
Put Up the Proper Barriers – Make sure that your pool is protected with a barrier to keep kids from accidentally entering the pool without your supervision. Consider putting up a 4-feet-high fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate around the pool. Also, remember to place a safety cover on the pool whenever it isn’t in use and remove any ladders or steps that could be used to get into the pool.
Actively Watch Swimming Children – If there are children swimming in the pool, you will want to make sure that you are actively watching them. Stay within arm’s reach of young children, and never allow anyone to swim alone. If you’re unable to watch the kids, designate another responsible adult to remain vigilant and look after the young swimmers.
Give Them Lessons – Many deaths in the pool can be prevented with swimming lessons. Ensure that everyone in the home knows how to swim by enrolling them in age-appropriate swimming lessons to help reduce the risks of drowning.
Keep It Clean – While pools are a lot of fun, they also come with a big responsibility, especially in maintenance and cleaning. You’ll want to make sure that your pool is clear, clean, and is maintaining the proper chemical levels, circulation, and filtration. Clean pools also help decrease the risk of swimmers experiencing earaches, rashes, and other serious conditions.
Establish and Enforce Safety Rules – Before anyone goes in the pool, go over the rules with them. Set and enforce safety rules including no diving, no running, staying away from drain covers, and never swimming alone to make sure that all swimmers are safe while having an enjoyable time.
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