There’s nothing quite as enjoyable as a dip in the pool on a hot summer afternoon. As much as we might love to spend time in our swimming pools, however, it’s important to remember that they can be dangerous as well. Just like any other large body of water, swimming pools demand a healthy degree of respect and caution. After all, the best way to ensure you can keep having fun in your pool is to stay safe while you swim. Why not take a moment to brush up on a few basics of pool safety?
Setting basic ground rules such as “no diving” and “no running” can go a long way towards making your pool a safer place to swim. This is especially important if you have children around the house. Every pool should have a clearly defined list of unacceptable behaviors. To enforce these guidelines and ensure their safety, children in or around the pool should have adult supervision at all times.
Secure the Pool Area
Many places have laws that require pools to be completely surrounded with a 4-foot high fence and locking gate. Even if you don’t live in one of these places, you should still secure your pool with a fence to prevent people from gaining unauthorized access. If you have children or pets, it’s a good idea to install a pool alarm as well. This way, if someone accidentally falls in the pool, you’ll know as soon as it happens.
Maintain Chemical Levels
The chemicals in your pool aren’t just there to keep the water bright and clear; they protect swimmers from waterborne bacteria as well. Continually monitor and adjust the chemical levels in your pool to prevent rashes, earaches and potential illness.
Make Sure Guests Can Swim
If you’re not confident in someone’s swimming abilities, it’s always best to err on the side of caution. Keep a few life jackets on hand for young or otherwise inexperienced swimmers. Enroll family members who will use the pool regularly in swimming lessons if they’re not already strong swimmers. And again, make sure children are supervised at all times, regardless of their swimming abilities.