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Tips for Pool Safety for Pool Owners

Posted on Sep 4, 2013

Summer is almost here and it’s safe to assume that a good number of Pennsylvania’s 12.7 million residents will be looking for ways to beat the heat.  Some choose to stay inside with the air conditioning on high and others like to drink cool drinks, but when it comes to dealing with the heat nothing is more fun than splashing in some water.  You could get a sprinkler or you could hop on the PA Turnpike and head to the Jersey Shore, but the best option is creating your own swimming oasis in your own backyard.

Swimming is a great way to exercise and it’s fun when the weather is warm, but when swimming pools aren’t used responsibility they can be dangerous.  According to the Center of Disease Control, drowning is the 5th most common cause of unintentional injury deaths in the United States.  It is estimated that 10 people die of accidental drowning every day, and of those 10 people 2 are under the age of 14.  It’s important for pool owners to take every safety precaution possible to ensure that their pool is safe for swimmers.  If you own a pool, follow these safety tips to ensure that you have a safe and fun summer.

Build a Fence

Many pool owners choose to install a decorative fence around their pool.  These decorative fences may look nice, but many aren’t tall enough to safely block off the pool area.  Pool fences should be designed so that people can’t easily jump over them, and average kid wouldn’t have a problem jumping over a nice looking two foot tall fence.  Try to find a fence that is at least four feet tall and has close set slats to ensure that small bodies can’t squeeze through. Most pool companies in PA  can either build the fence for you or tell you who can build one at the best price that abides by legal standards.

Always Supervise

Your child and their friends may have years of swim lessons under their belts, but even young experienced swimmers need to be supervised by an adult at all times.  There are too many parents who over estimate their child’s swimming abilities, and when they do they may be setting themselves up for a tragic accident.  Even experienced swimmers can get panic and lose concentration because of a distraction, and we all know how easy it is for children to get distracted.

Learn CPR

All pool owners and swimmers should take a CPR class.  You local hospital or health center most likely has CPR classes available, and some community centers hold free lessons during the summertime.

Remove Outside Objects When The Pool Isn’t In Use

A pool can be harder for children to resist when it’s full of their favorite floats and toys.  Removing toys from your pool won’t just help it look better; it could also help the pool look less appealing to young kids.  It may be convenient to have your pool toys kept in the pool area, but parents should find a place outside of the pool area to store pool toys and supplies.  Parents should also use a removable ladder so that kids can’t get in when the ladder isn’t available.

Kyle Wain is a home safety specialist with over 25 year of experience. In his free time, Kyle enjoys blogging about different safety measures home owners can take to insure the safety of their friends and family in the home.

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