Pool Safety Tips

– Crystal Vagnier – Select Group – Writer/Editor

Pool season is approaching quickly. It’s important to review some crucial safety tips that you can share with your clients.

Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of accidental deaths for children ages 1-4? It’s important to take measures to avoid unintentional drowning and entrapments in swimming pools. These easy-to-follow steps will help ensure safety around any body of water.

Proper Barriers. Installing a 4 foot+ unclimbable fence that encompasses the water structure (i.e. pool or spa) will suffice as a proper barrier. Ensure the pool can only be entered by a locked, self-latching gate. Pool and water covers need to be in working order and installing an alarm that covers the area from the pool to the house can be a lifesaving accessory.

Drains and Drain Covers. Suction outlets and drains can be quite powerful, enough to trap a child or an adult. Always scout out where the vacuum shutoff is located. Make sure all drains have proper covers without any missing or loose pieces. All public pools are required to have drain grates and covers that meet safety standards.

CPR & Knowledge. Getting CPR certified is a lifesaving skill. The American Red Cross offers many classes at community centers and hospitals. Teaching children and adults on how to safely swim is another important skill. Contacting the YMCA or Parks & Recreation Department in your neighborhood will often have a plethora of swimming lessons available to sign up for.

Be Attentive. Never leave any child unattended when they’re by a body of water. Make sure your phone is charged and nearby in case of an emergency. Designating an individual to be the on-call observer will help in knowing who is responsible for looking after the children or group.

Visit www.poolsafely.gov for advice, tips, and facts to share with your clients and family.

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