A backyard pool can provide an abundance of summer fun, but owning one comes with the responsibility of ensuring safe use for both adults and children. Thankfully, the following safety precautions can give you peace of mind and help ensure that your friends and family enjoy your pool safely:
- Install a fence. A pool is a tempting source of enjoyment for children, but without proper supervision, they are putting themselves in danger of drowning or injury. A self-locking fence can keep the pool out of sight and inaccessible to children.
- Ensure constant supervision. Most drownings happen to children whose caretakers aren’t paying attention. Unsafe behaviour among adults can cause accidents and drownings as well. Make sure you constantly supervise your pool no matter what ages your guests are.
- Ensure that your children know how to swim.
- Avoid swimming at night and in stormy weather. The lack of light in the evening could hamper rescue efforts, and lightning poses an electrocution risk.
- Keep the pool area clear of toys and other tripping hazards.
- Ensure swimmers enter the water feet-first. Few home pools are deep enough for safe diving.
- Learn CPR so you are prepared for emergencies.