Beating the heat each summer is best done poolside. Before you rush to the local swimming pool or jump into your backyard’s private pool, though, it helps to review some basic yet crucial summertime pool safety tips. Carter Mario Law Firm is known far and wide for our excellent legal representation and our authentic care for our communities. We have compiled a list of must-know pool safety tips and hints here that should keep you and your family cool in the safest way possible.
1. No Running
Let’s start with a basic poolside safety tip that everyone should really know, even little ones: no running by the pool. Water that splashes on the concrete around the pool can create a slipping hazard. If someone slips, they can get pretty scraped up by the concrete but, even worse, they could fall into the pool while injured, making for a dangerous situation.
2. No Relaxing
Wait, aren’t pools supposed to be the best way to relax in the summer? As contradictory as it sounds, if you are at the pool with young children, then you shouldn’t be there to relax. You should keep your attention on those children and act as their lifeguard, especially if no official lifeguard is posted there. When all the kids are done playing in the pool, then it will be your time to relax and enjoy the swim.
3. No Solo Swimmers
Children and adults who are not considered strong swimmers should never be in the pool alone. Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 14, according to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Leaving children unattended, even for a moment, can have serious consequences.
4. Use a Pool Alarm
You should purchase a floating pool alarm that will ring loudly if it detects motion in the water caused by someone falling into the pool. Use the alarm whenever you don’t expect anyone in the pool. According to CT.gov, the home of Carter Mario Law Firm, homeowners with pools are legally required to use a pool alarm that can ring out at least as loud as 50 decibels.
5. Install a Pool Fence
Installing a fence around your pool is a great way to ensure that children can’t enter it when no one is around. Some states like Connecticut require private pools to have a perimeter fence that is at least four feet tall, has a locking gate, and doesn’t allow a 4-inch sphere in between the post gaps (according to CT.gov). There are many different fencing styles and designs these days, so you are bound to find one that looks good around your pool.
6. Keep Pool Safety Equipment Handy
A ring buoy, float safety line, and shepherd’s crook are all great pieces of pool safety equipment that you should keep readily available at your pool. All three can be used to help someone who is struggling in the water. You should also have life jackets available for children and novice swimmers.
7. Learn & Practice Water Safety
According to the American Red Cross, nearly half of the country’s population can’t swim. A good way to improve pool safety is to sign up for water safety and swimming courses, which are often hosted by local American Red Cross locations, gyms, and sometimes medical centers. It is also a great idea to have at least two adults in your household or friend group to learn CPR.
8. Keep Your Pool Clean
Keeping your pool clean can help prevent allergic reactions, diseases, and rashes from developing. While these are not necessarily emergency situations, practicing proper pool cleanliness can help make your time spent at the pool more enjoyable.
9. Wear Sunscreen
Don’t forget that the sun can cause just as much trouble as the water on a pool day. Everyone should wear a healthy coating of sunscreen. When leaving the water, you should reapply a layer, too. Sunscreens, including waterproof brands, can wash off easily.
10. Stay Hydrated
One last safety tip: While you’re splashing around in the water, don’t forget to exit the pool now and then for a drink of potable water, too. Hydration helps protect you from heat exhaustion and sunburns. Enjoy a glass of water every 30 to 60 minutes, depending on how active you are in the pool.
If you follow these safety tips, you can make your summer pool days all the more enjoyable. From all of us at Carter Mario in Connecticut, we wish you and your family a fun and safe summer, this year and all the rest!