10 Tips for Pool Safety

pool-safety-1024x683Summer is just round the corner and we’re all looking to make a splash in the water! But before you jump in, here is a quick list of 10 safety tips to have in mind, particularly if you have young ones.

  1. Keep children under active supervision at all times. Stay in arm’s reach of young kids. Designate a responsible person to watch the water when people are in the pool never allow anyone underage to swim alone.
  2. Ensure everyone in the home knows how to swim well by enrolling them in age-appropriate water orientation and learn-to-swim courses.
  3. Use non-slip materials on the pool deck, diving board and ladders.
  4. Don’t swallow pool water. In fact, try to avoid getting any pool water in your mouth.
  5. Wash your hands with soap and water after using the toilet. You can protect others by being aware that germs on your body end up in the water.
  6. Watch out for the ‘dangerous too’s’ – too tired, too cold, too much sun, too much strenuous activity. Get out of the water immediately if any of these situations occur.
  7. Use plastic instead of glassware in the pool area.
  8. Keep rescue equipment (pole, rope and personal floatation devices) by the pool.
  9. Keep children off the main drain. The suction from the pump could trap them underwater.
  10. Don’t leave toys in the water. Toys can lure a child into the pool.

An afternoon by the pool should be an enjoyable experience for the whole family. Follow these tips to ensure that everybody is safe around the pool!