Swimming pools are some of the most beautiful additions one can have in a home. They provide a fun place you can unwind and exercise at the same time. Other than that, they also are a great backdrop to have in the background when you are hosting guests or just hanging out with friends. Unfortunately, pools pose a risk especially to kids. It is for this reason that one has to consider the safety of their pool at any given time.
If you thought only amateurs need to observe pool safety guidelines, then you thought wrong. Even professional swimmers have their own guidelines which keep them safe. The question however among many parents is how do you make your pool safe not only for the kids but for any other guest you might have?
It is really not that hard. Even though it will require some investment both monetary and time wise to have a safe pool environment, it will definitely be worth your while. The last thing you want is to go into panic mode trying to save a child from drowning right? Below we look at some of the basics to safeguard your pool and avoid injuries.
Use non-slip materials
Being that this is a pool area, chances are that you or the kids will be wet. The chances of slipping and falling go a notch higher so it is imperative that the pool be surrounded by non-slip walkways and materials. Apart from that, keeping toys away from the pool cannot be stressed enough to avoid tripping on them. That way you will evade injuring yourself or others.
Most home pools rarely have diving boards. Not all though. In case yours has one or you are planning to have one installed, make sure you contract a professional. This is to help you understand how high your diving board should be considering the depth of your pool. Otherwise having a high board on a shallow pool spells danger and injury.
There is a lot that goes into maintaining a pool. How you do it will determine whether you, your guests and kids are in a safe or dangerous environment. Periodic checks of pool equipment will reduce chances of injury. Check the pumps, railings and ladders and fasten any loose components. Also make sure that the chemicals used to treat the water are in the right quantities. The water should as well be clear and the pool clean.
Pool fences and pool nets are some of the barriers you should really consider buying. Experts suggest that pool fences should be over 4 feet tall with self-locking gates. They should also be free of any sort of support that kids can use to climb. Nets cover the pool and have spaces that a toddler’s head can’t get through thus ensuring safety.
Always have supervision
Supervision is one of the best safeguards whenever you are in the pool area. If your children are enjoying their pool time, make sure you are there or you have an experienced swimmer supervising them. Have the phone house with you so you do not let them out of your sight in the name of going to pick a call. There is a reason professionals always advise people to never swim alone. Nobody knows when they or you might need help.
Learn first aid
Some activities require that you be conversant with the best first aid in case it is needed. Swimming is no exception. CPR in particular is one of the most useful skills as far as swimming is concerned as most emergencies are cases of drowning. A short first aid course will go a long way.
These are just some of the safeguards that just might save a life. Nonetheless, this list is barely exhaustive. As kids are especially a big concern for any parent and are the biggest victims of pool accidents, they need to be taught how to swim as soon as possible. They also need to be taught safety guidelines and to communicate whenever they are in the pool or want to go swimming. Having floaters around the pool and on kids while they swim is always a good bet so invest in some as well.
Otherwise, enjoy your pool. Take caution. Stay safe.