A swimming pool is a great way to enjoy hot days. If you and your family plan to spend time at the pool this summer, check out these tips for keeping everyone safe.
1. Swimming Lessons. This may seem obvious, but even infants can begin swimming lessons. The earlier you can get kids aquatinted and comfortable with the water, the better and safer they will be. If you are an adult that doesn’t know how to swim, it’s never too late – there are plenty of swimming classes for people of all ages!
2. Learn CPR. Adults should all be prepared to react quickly in case of a drowning incident. CPR can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival!
3. Talk. Before you even leave the house, have a conversating with your family. Talk to children about the importance of simple safety strategies like avoiding drains, never swimming without an adult present, wearing appropriate floatation devices, and walking (not running) around the pool edge.
4. Designate an adult water watcher. Even if a lifeguard is on duty, always designate an adult to watch any children in the pool. Often parents assume that someone else is watching, but everyone else assumes the same. Take turns to ensure everyone has a chance to relax and enjoy.
5. Don’t forget about pets. If animals are around the pool, don’t assume they can swim. Many dogs are not swimming breeds, and even those that are can tire quickly or have trouble getting out of the pool.
6. Check the pool’s depth. Pools vary greatly in whether or not they are safe for diving and jumping. Diving should never be done in an area under 6 feet deep. Additionally, ensure everyone is aware of which areas they can safely stand with their head above water, and where it gets to be too deep.
7. Take the pledge. Poolsafety.gov provides a one-minute pledge to help make sure your family is safe around water this year. Take the time to do this!