Summer is a time of fun and one of the fun things you can do. One popular activity is swimming. Since there are lots of people with swimming pools in their homes, it is important to know the safety precautions to be taken around a swimming pool. There are many pool related incidences that occur, and most of them involve children falling in the pool.

Here are some pool safety tips:

  • You should never leave children alone in or near a pool
  • You should have a fence around the swimming pool.

Many incidences occur when children gain unauthorized access to swimming pools. The best way to avoid this is through having barriers in the form of fences. If you have a family with very young children or toddlers, you will not always have an eye on them, and they are known to have fast movements. However, you can keep them safe by having a fence around your swimming pool.

The fence should be installed on all sides of the pool, and there should be no protrusions or openings a child can use to get over and cross into the pool. The pool gates should open out from the pool and there should be latches at a height children cannot reach.

Install an emergency alarm on the exit door to the pool and yard if your house serves as the one side of the fence surrounding the pool.

  • Keep rescue equipment and a portable phone near the pool. When choosing rescue equipment, pick those made of fiberglass that does not conduct electricity.
  • Avoid using floaties in the pool. They are not a life vest substitute, and they give parents and children a false sense of security.
  • Your children can enroll for swimming lessons if they are aged 1 – 4 years and you are comfortable with it. However, it should depend on the readiness of the child to learn swimming and should not be done as a way of drown-proofing your child.

If small children aged 1 to 4 years have some swimming instruction, they are at a lower risk of drowning.

  • An adult who knows how to swim and provide CPR should be within arm’s length when toddlers or infants are swimming. They should provide touch supervision.
  • Avoid getting trapped. A swimmer’s underwear can get trapped due to suction from the pool and spa drains. If there are broken or missing drain covers, you should not use the pool or spa. You can ask your pool operator if your spa or pool drains are compliant with the Pool and Spa Safety Act.

If you have a swimming pool in your home, you can ask your pool service representative to inspect and update your drains and do other suction fittings with anti-entrapment drain covers or any other systems or devices they use.

  • Since large above-ground pools have become popular, the risk of children climbing up and falling in has also increased.  Even above ground pools should should be surrounded by an appropriate fence. Having a fence around the pool will ensure that children do not have any unauthorized access to the pool.