Pool Safety

Having a pool in the backyard can be a wonderful benefit to home ownership. With summer in full swing, it’s a good time to remember that a moment of foresight can ensure a long season of fun in the sun.

 

Here are some essential safety tips to help your family get the most out of the summer in the pool:

  1. Swimming Lessons. If your kids are going to be spending a lot of time in the pool, consider enrolling them in a certified swimming class. Teach your family and visitors some basic pool safety tips, including how to safely exit the pool.

  2. Keep an Eye on the Kids. Accidents that lead to drowning can happen at any time no matter how deep the water. Reduce the risk of drowning and injuries by making sure there are always adults nearby. Don't ever leave kids alone even when they are just splashing or wading in the shallow areas of the pool.

  3. Remember Life Jackets. Make sure your pool is equipped with flotation devices - and ensure that every family member knows how to use them. If you have guests take a few minutes to show everyone where the flotation devices are and what to do in the event of an emergency.

  1. Learn basic CPR. Make sure at least one adult on the premises is confident performing CPR in the event of an emergency. Create a water safety plan as a family, similar to your family’s fire emergency plan.

  2. Keep Everything Locked. Cover the pool completely when it's not in use and make sure the pool covers are in good working order. Consider installing a lockable safety cover for extra protection. Ensure any pool and hot tub you use has compliant drain covers.

  3. Have a Safety Kit. Make sure you have the proper emergency equipment available — a phone near the pool to call 911, first aid kit, reach pole and a ring buoy with an attached rope and a pair of scissors in case you need to cut hair, clothing or pool cover.

  4. Proper Fencing. To reduce the risk of potential drowning, all pools with a depth capacity exceeding 60cm must be enclosed by a fence, restricted by a locking gate. 

Owning a pool can add value and enjoyment to your home, just remember the importance of safety in and around the pool for your friends and family. Have a great summer and happy swimming!

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