There are fences, barriers and trained lifeguards on duty to keep swimmers and their families safe at parks and beaches. Unfortunately, many residential pools don’t have the same safety measures in place.
Proper poolside precautions is a must otherwise, summer celebrations could quickly turn tragic.
If a child is in trouble, he may not be able to alert anyone by splashing or yelling for help.
Here are tips for keeping your summer pool parties safe.
Try following the “10/20 pool patrol” rule. Anytime kids are in the water, have an adult on pool patrol. Scanning the entire pool every 10 seconds and reach the water within 20 seconds is what a supervising adult needs to do.
If you own a pool, learn infant and child CPR and make sure your children take swimming lessons.
If a child is missing and a pool is in the area, don’t waste valuable time searching elsewhere: Always check the pool first.
Try installing a fence that is at least 4 feet high with a self-closing, self-latching gate that has a locking mechanism beyond a child’s reach. It is essential that the fence completely separate the pool from the house and play area of the yard.
Remove any overhanging tree limbs, chairs or ladders from the area to prevent children from climbing over the fence surrounding the pool. For above-ground pools, remove ladders and portable steps.
Consider adding a pool motion sensor and gate alarms to alert you to anyone approaching or jumping into the pool.
A pool cover is something you shouldn’t forget. For in-ground pool, power safety covers are recommended.
At the poolside, always keep rescue devices such as life preservers. Also, have a telephone nearby and appropriate emergency numbers posted.
Remove all toys when you leave the pool. Children may be attracted to the unattended pool if there are floats, balls, and other toys.
After your children are finished playing, then always empty wading pools. Infants can drown even if there are only a few inches of water.