Spring is just around the corner, which means that warm summer temps will be here before we know it – thank goodness, right? And, what does the inevitable warming of temperatures bring with them? The opening backyard pools, of course! With that in mind, we thought that now would be a great time to provide a quick refresher course in pool safety. Because, regardless of how well all those around us know how to swim, a bit of review never hurt anyone…so, here we go.
Swimming and diving seem like harmless activities to lots of the population; however, the reality is that over 1,800 spinal cord injuries happen each year due to diving accidents alone, with the majority of pool related spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis of all four limbs. This is just one of the many reasons why paying attention (and adhering) to proper safety tips is so incredibly important!
Here are some great safety tips for all those backyard pool owners out there:
- Make sure that ALL your guests are educated about YOUR pool, including depth markings, diving board location and rules, etc.
- Set enforceable hours for pool use! Secure your pool with fencing to keep people out during the hours that your pool is “closed”.
- DO NOT allow guests to swim along OR consume alcohol or drugs while in the pool.
- While the pool is in use, make sure to always have someone present who is trained in water safety, first aid, and life-saving techniques.
- Always have a phone near the pool area – having to go searching for a ringing phone while you’re supervising the kids in the pool is never a good idea. And, should someone get hurt or need medical assistance, having a phone nearby and in a designated place can really help when seconds count.
- Make sure that you have all the necessary rescue equipment (ring, shepherds hook, etc) in an easily accessible location should the need arise. It may seem like a “no-brainer”, but too this type of equipment gets tossed into a shed (or basement) and then isn’t available when it’s most in need.
Those are some of the biggest ones that we want our readers to be aware of…based off of your own personal experience, what would you add to the list? As always, should you ever need help getting your pool in tip-top shape, stop in to see us…we have everything you need to make your pool safest and most enjoyable one in the neighborhood!