11 January, 2023
Here’s what you need to stay safe in the pool
If you’re a pool owner, the expression “safety first” is more than an idiom; it should be a way of life. Swimming pools can be the ultimate source of fun, but they also require safety measures to prevent tragedies. Various safety precautions and measures – like covers, alarms, and protocols – will help you keep your friends and family safe. Here are our tips:
Maintain heightened awareness
When friends and family come over for festivities around the pool, it’s easy to get distracted. This distraction can be extremely dangerous when kids are in or around the pool. That’s why we recommend explicitly designating an adult as responsible for keeping an eye on what’s happening in the pool rather than relying on the adults present. Assigning the responsibility means someone is always in charge and accountable.
Cover your pool
When your pool isn’t in use, keeping it covered is a simple way to prevent anyone from falling or wandering into the water. That’s why we think investing in a pool cover is one of the most important and efficient ways to keep your pool safe. Pool covers provide a physical barrier that can safely keep kids out of the pool. There are a wide variety of pool covers on the market at every price point and style and keeping your pool covered will help you sleep better.
Installing physical barriers around your pool is another effective safety measure that protects kids and pets. Just be sure that physical barriers are high enough (at least 1.2m high and latch must be more than 1.5m from the ground) to keep kids out. Be sure to check local laws –We recommend you engage a licensed pool safety inspector to inspect your pool and confirm it is compliant or ask for advice from our Elite Dealers/Builders.
Have safety equipment and first aid nearby
Be sure to keep safety equipment like rings and hooks close by in case of emergency. In addition, keep a first aid kit stocked with all the essentials easily accessible.
Knowing basic CPR and staying up to date on your certification is a good life skill, especially when it comes to pool safety. CPR certification is inexpensive and offered in many locations around the world.
Teach your kids how to swim
Teaching your kids how to swim is an important step in making them more comfortable around the water and reducing the risks associated with owning a swimming pool. Swimming classes also provide kids with a great social and physical activity that they can practice years into adulthood.
Establishing safety rules for kids in and around the pool is critical in keeping them safe. Rules like not swimming without adult supervision, walking (and not running) near the pool, and safe diving are all important safety precautions to teach kids.
As a pool owner, you have a responsibility to keep your pool and surrounding area as safe as possible.
For any advice ask to your nearest professional Elite Dealers/ Builders.