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The purpose of owning a swimming pool is to have fun and cool off in it. There is also a certain degree of care and maintenance required to keep the pool in good shape. Aside from the water chemistry balance keeping your pool safe, there are also other things that you must consider if you want to maintain a safe pool environment too.
How often do you think about pool safety? Do you worry about your friends, family members, and children when they’re in your pool? Let’s dive deeper into these concepts.
Pool safety involves every action or behavior which keeps your pool environment safe. This could involve choosing the right pool equipment to reduce the chances of accidents and monitoring the behavior of the people in the pool.
Statistically, ten people die from drowning in the United States every day. Two of these ten people are children up to 14 years of age. Young children usually drown because they’re not supervised by an adult. They may even find their way into the pool alone because there aren’t any barriers up to prevent them from accessing it.
Drowning is not the only kind of accident that people have, although it is the worst kind. The areas around the pool water are often wet, which increases the likelihood of someone slipping and falling onto the solid pool deck. This could result in a broken bone or head injury, depending on where they land on their body.
The difference here is that you’ll likely hear or see someone who slips and falls because they won’t be in the water. But if someone is drowning in the water, you likely will not hear them. People get confused by this and assume that drowning people make splashing noises and yell for help. Maybe at first, but their ability to yell and splash is taken away once they’re underwater and unable to breathe.
You must take the proper precautions around your pool to ensure that everyone stays safe.
If you want to prevent anyone from getting injured or having an accident within your pool environment, then supervision is critical. It is even more critical when children are going into the pool. If you’re having guests over your house, don’t be too preoccupied with entertaining them. Make sure someone is watching the children in the water. And if there is a child that doesn’t know how to swim, stay really close to the water so you can jump in to assist them in a moment’s notice.
If you need to leave the pool area, ask another adult to watch the children in the pool until you get back. Don’t ask an intoxicated adult, though, because there’s bound to be intoxication at a party. In fact, an intoxicated adult could also suffer an accident themselves around your pool area. They could fall or pass out into the water and then drown in their sleep. So, you may need to watch out for children and intoxicated adults around your pool.
It is always better to ensure that your family members know how to swim before they get into the water. Have your children take swimming lessons as early as possible because they’ll have a better chance of developing swim skills faster. Then, as they get older, they’ll be less likely to drown. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t supervise your children if they have received swim lessons.
Smaller children are always at risk of drowning, so always be there to supervise them. It is recommended that you buy a small kiddie pool for smaller children so that they can get used to the water before introducing them to the bigger pool. Arm floaties are good to put on your children to help them float above water.
It is not fun to imagine something bad happening to someone who uses your pool. The idea of learning CPR might seem ridiculous, but it could actually save someone’s life if they were to have an accident. Anyone who owns or uses a pool should take it upon themselves to learn CPR. It is so easy to learn because you can go to the Red Cross website and take courses online. You won’t get a certification unless you go to the in-class course, though. But if you want to learn these life-saving skills, then online is better than nothing.
You should always set some ground rules for your children when they use any swimming pool. For instance, tell them to never run around the pool area because it is dangerous. They should also know that dunking people’s heads underneath the water is not a safe thing to do either. Finally, any toys which are not meant for pool use should be kept out of the pool.
Don’t expect children to remember these rules, so repeat them before each time they go into a pool.
Choosing good equipment can increase the safety of your pool area.
If you put up a physical barrier or fence around your swimming pool area, then it’ll prevent a child from gaining access to the area and having an accident. This barrier will likely have a gate where adults and bigger children can enter through, but it’ll be too tall for smaller children to open.
A fence is good to have whether your pool is inground or above ground. It’ll stop someone from tripping and falling accidentally with no one around to save them. Most importantly, it’ll prevent children from slipping into the water unsupervised and then drowning from it.
Alarms for Gates
Gates are not totally secure, unfortunately. Children may eventually learn how to open the gate of the physical barrier on their own. To know when this happens, you’ll want a gate alarm installed which sounds off whenever the gate is opened and no longer aligned with the fence.
Alarms for Doors
For additional security, any backdoor which leads to your pool area should have an alarm on it. This could be a contact sensor that sounds an alarm if the door is even opened. Door alarms may prevent your children from even getting as far as the pool gate.
Alarms for Pools
If your child happens to get past your backdoor and gate, the only thing left to stop them is an alarm installed partially underneath the water of your pool. The alarm goes off whenever water movement is detected, like from a child jumping or falling into the pool. A lot of pool alarm models now come with a receiver which lets you hear the sound of the alarm from far away.
A safety cover is good to use as a barrier over the pool water when no one is using it. If someone accidentally slips into the pool, they’ll be shielded from the water by the cover.
Enhance the safety equipment of your pool by installing float lines. Each line stretches from one side of the pool to the other. They’ll stay afloat the entire time too. Whenever someone is having trouble staying afloat, they can just grab onto a line and stay above water. The average pool should have 2 or 3 float lines, depending on its size. One line should go on each end of the pool, such as the shallow end, deep end, and middle.
When you see a person in the water that can’t stay afloat, and there is no float line around them, the only solution is to toss out a life preserver for them to grab in the water. The life preserver allows them to float above water rather than get pulled by a rescuer under the water. Besides, people who are drowning tend to panic and make the situation worse because they end up pulling the rescuer down under the water with them. A life preserver relieves this stress and lets the person just reach out and hold something.
A safety hook is another piece of safety equipment that can save a drowning person’s life. It is an alternative to a life preserver where the person can hold onto it to stay afloat in the water. Someone outside the water must reach out the hook far enough for the person in the water to grab it. After the person grabs the hook, the rescuer pulls them toward the deck.
Safety hooks are primarily used to rescue animals that have trouble getting out of the water.
Sometimes you’ll have smaller creatures fall and die in the water, such as squirrels, mice, and frogs. This is worse in a way because they’ll flow into your filter and clog up the system. Then your pool equipment could get damaged.
Give these creatures a way to escape your pool by installing a few escape ramps around it. This will prevent them from drowning, and they could even help animals escape too.
If a child slips and falls on the pool deck by accident, you’ll want to have a first aid kit around to tend to their wounds. A first aid kit includes bandages, disinfectant, and other important supplies for healing scrapes, bumps, and scratches. There should be a first aid blanket in the kit too. This is helpful if a child has almost drowned and you want to keep them warm while they’re in shock.
No one should reenter the pool if they suffered bleeding from their accident or have an open wound. This could increase your chances of infection and cause problems for the sanitizer in your pool too.
Back in June of 2002, a 7-year-old named Virginia Graeme Baker died from a hot tub drowning after the suction of the drain kept her trapped underneath the water. In 2007, this prompted Congress to pass legislation to support a national pool safety campaign.
The new law “Pool Safely” set a new series of safety standards which all public spas and pools must abide by. There was also a state grant program put in place to motivate state legislators to pass residential pool safety laws. Some states did pass laws regarding pool safety for residential pools, such as the pool alarm requirement. Since the laws of each state are different, you should contact your local code enforcement agency for more information.
Safety is what counts the most. It is easy to take the necessary steps to ensure a safe pool environment, so why not take them? Once you do, you’ll create an enjoyable and pleasant pool environment for everyone to be in.