If you’re the owner of a private pool, then we know that you know that safety rules! Because, of course, the last thing any of us want is for someone to hurt themselves while they’re in our pool (or any pool, for that matter!). And, that’s why it’s so incredibly important to make sure that you’ve got everything clearly marked and in tip top shape prior to anyone taking the first dip of the season. Here are some of our top tips to keep in mind:
1. Do you have depth indicators CLEARLY marked around the entirety of the pool area? Spinal cord injuries related to diving into water that is too shallow are all too common…so, do your part to help prevent them!
2. Does your pool and surrounding area have adequate lighting? You never want to be guessing where someone may or may not be when they’re in and around the pool. If a child were to be unaccounted for, precious moments can be lost searching in shadows or not being able to see – clearly – what’s in the water.
3. Do you serve or allow alcohol to be consumed by your guests? If so, they (those choosing to imbibe, that is) should be kept away from the water! Tipsiness and pools just don’t mix!
4. Does your pool have set hours for use? And, if so, do you enforce them? Having a firm opening and closing time can help prevent people from being in and around the pool when supervision isn’t present.
5. Is your pool secured with fencing to keep people out during those “closed” hours? Being able to know where people are – and aren’t – is so very important.
6. Does your pool have a designated diving area? If so, make sure that it’s clearly marked. And, if it’s NOT safe to dive anywhere in your pool, make sure that that is clearly marked as well. Diving into too shallow water is a recipe for disaster!
7. Do you have a lifeguard – or someone trained in water safety and life saving techniques – at your pool? Honestly, everyone in the family (who’s old enough) should take the time to enroll in a CPR course. Bonus points for all those who also take first aid courses and/or get certified as a lifeguard.
We know that sometimes these types of things can seem tedious but, trust us, in the long run it’s ALWAYS better to be safe. Especially if your other option is having to “be sorry”. Plus, as any good parent knows (and has probably said a million times) rules exist for a reason: your safety.