Backyard swimming pools are a great way for homeowners to enjoy the hot summer months. With a swimming pool, you can host pool parties or simply just spend time with family and friends. However, with owning a backyard swimming pool comes great responsibility. Homeowners need to practice backyard pool safety at all times, ensuring everyone stays safe and that children are supervised at all times. It is recommended that children take part in private swimming lessons so that they can be ready to enjoy the water, understanding every aspect of water safety.
Hours of summer fun can be enjoyed with a backyard swimming pool with proper safety. A swimming pool or hot tub requires great responsibility and anyone enjoying the pool must understand the rules of the house as well as basic water safety to ensure everyone is safe and secure when in the water. Drownings take place within the home, particularly involving young children who have access to the pool without a gate in place. By following simple safety protocols, children as well as adults can stay safe when visiting your home.
Tips for Keeping Your Backyard Pool Safe
- To begin with backyard pool safety, you will need to have a fence in place that has as self-closing gate. This will ensure the gate stays close and the area is restricted. You will want to check local laws to see what requirements are in regards to fencing and a swimming pool within your property.
- Pool rules must be established. This can be making sure everyone swims with a partner, children have adult supervision at all times, no glass around the pool, no running, etc.
- Do not allow diving. Most backyard pools are not deep enough for diving to be safe. Ensure no one is diving in the swimming pool.
- Have safety items in place nearby such as throwing assists, first aid kid and telephone in case of emergency.
- Create a plan of action so that everyone at the pool knows what to do in case of an emergency. This can include safety equipment, procedures during an emergency and an emergency signal.
- Do not allow the use of alcohol or drugs near the pool. This can only increase the chances of an accident or even death.
- When a portable pool is used, empty the water when not in use.
- When an above ground pool is used, be sure to remove any steps or the ladder when the pool is not in use to avoid access by small children.
- Hot tub temperatures need to be regulated and infants, toddlers and pregnant women should not enter the water.
Overall, it is important to follow these tips and never leave a child unattended, even for a few seconds. Accidents happen all the time and it is best to always supervise rather than leave children alone.
At Zodiac Swim School, water safety classes are readily available including swimming lessons for children. Contact us today to find out how you can enroll your child in a quality swimming program.