With summer officially starting this weekend and that means kids and pools. I blogged about this earlier and there seemed to be a lot of interest. Enjoy and keep the children safe. Have a good, fun filled, safe Memorial Day.
Author: Michael Rao
What better fun during the summer months than gathering around the pool for cooling off during those hot summer days? We tend to forget about the horrible accidents associated with owners of pools who did not take the proper precautions. The information below will provide simple steps anyone can take to reduce the chance of swimming pool accidents.
The first rule is to learn CPR. Make this a priority. Nearly every town and city has community organizations or other places that offer CPR training throughout the year. You can start now and be ready for next summer.
Another safety tip that isn’t often mentioned is to completely remove any pool toys after each session at the pool. These can be seen as an invitation by younger neighbors and you may find children have been swimming, unsupervised, in your pool. If there is a visitor or the telephone starts ringing, take them with you. nevr, ever leave and child unattended. Flotation devices are no substitute for a responsible adult.
There are also steps you can take to ensure your pool is as safe as possible. If you need to carry drinks or snacks to the poolside, use only plastic or Styrofoam containers. Be sure your pool is free of trash or debris before swimming. Kids sometimes find it interesting to enter the pool and swim before the cover is completely removed; however this is a safety hazard. Never swim when any part of the pool is covered.
Placing a good fence around your pool is a priority when you have one. Be certain all latches and locks are out of reach for small children. There shouldn’t be any tables or chairs near the fence as these can be used to cross over the fence. Likewise you should keep safety equipment around the pool at all times.
If you utilize a diving board, observe proper usage. Divers should always spring from the front of the board and never the side. Those who are diving from the sides of the pool should always do so feet-first.
If you hear anything resembling thunder or if there are reports of thunderstorms in your area, do not go in the pool. You should avoid swimming alone and do not allow others to swim alone.
Install a Pool Alarm/Alert monitor. This Alarm System alerts anyone within a pre-designated distance with a very loud audible alarm indicating someone has entered the pool. This product is a fantastic safety system for parents of young children and for anyone concerned about people using the pool without your consent.
Even with the proper precautions a pool can be dangerous. Following these simple steps can and will reduce your chances of a tragic and preventable accident. Enjoying your pool and having a great time is far less stressful as long as you understand and respect the risks involved.
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Mike Rao writes on Self Defense and Home Security . Please visit his websites and sign up for his free crime prevention email reports.