One of the advantages of living in Florida is that it’s pool season for most of the year! However, it’s not all parties and giant unicorn floats. Owning a pool requires responsibility and following proper swimming pool safety precautions. This keeps everyone safe; preventing potentially serious injuries, and legal actions if someone were to be injured using your pool. That’s why your swimming pool experts at R.I.G. Custom Pool & Spa want to give you some useful swimming pool safety tips to follow.
Swimming Pool Safety Tips For Your Pool
The Pool Is For Swimmers!
This may seem like common sense but it often gets overlooked. If non-swimmers, especially young children, would like to use the swimming pool make sure they wear a floatation device and are supervised by a responsible adult when in the pool or around the pool.
Children Should Never Swim Alone.
Drownings are the second-leading cause of accidental death in America for individuals between the ages of five and twenty-four. Did you know young children are able to drown in less than two inches of water? Yes, only 2 inches. Even children who know how to swim could be at risk if there is no one there to help them. Do not allow children to swim when they are tired or just finished eating. You can further protect your pool with a safety fence, door alarms, and locks. It is also best to refrain from leaving toys and floats in the pool when not being used. As these could tempt children into the pool unsupervised.
Do Not Mix Alcohol & Swimming.
A fact sheet released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding drowning indicated that alcohol use is involved in up to 70 percent of water recreation deaths of adolescents and adults. It’s fine to enjoy a few drinks around your pool but it is better to refrain from swimming until you are sober and alert.
Keep The Pool Clean.
A clean pool is a healthy pool, it’s as simple as that. Failing to maintain your pool or swimming in a dirty pool could be the cause of illness or infection. After cleaning your swimming pool make sure to store all chemicals in a safe and secure area that is inaccessible by children and pets.
Always Be Prepared.
Accidents in and around the pool happen. Keep safety equipment in the pool area; including a throwing rope with floatation ring, a reaching pole, and a rescue hook, as well as floatation devices such as life jackets. Learning CPR is also beneficial if anyone experiences a breathing or drowning emergency. Be sure to keep a mobile or wireless phone nearby in the event that you need to call 9-1-1 or another local emergency number.
Swimming Pool Safety Is For Everyone’s Protection.
Safety rules are urged in and around swimming pools for a reason. Following them will help protect your family and guests. R.I.G. Custom Pool & Spa happily provides these safety tips so you can spend your relaxing and having fun during the pool season. If you need advice about equipment, remodeling or upgrading your pool area please do not hesitate to contact us. For more information, give us a call at our office in Winter Haven, Florida at (863) 294-4475.
R.I.G. Custom Pool & Spa is proud to serve customers in the Central Florida area, including Winter Haven, Lakeland, Bartow, Lake Alfred, Lake Wales, Kissimmee, Brandon, Plant City, Haines City, Davenport and beyond.