With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get ready for those long, sunny days sitting poolside with a few pool safety tips and reminders about water safety. The best way for you and your family to have fun at the pool this summer is to stay safe.
Although pool safety practices may seem obvious, there are still some aspects that pool owners sometimes overlook. Here are some of the biggest pool safety mistakes you should avoid this summer.
When to Learn to Swim
One common mistake parents and guardians make when it comes to their child swimming is thinking that their child is too young to learn to swim. There are many different thoughts on the right age to introduce your child to water, but the younger a child is when introduced, the easier it will be for them to learn to swim in the long haul. Even at very young ages, just a few months old, children can learn swimming basics. According to the USA Swimming Foundation, when a child learns to swim in a formal swimming setting, it reduces their risk of drowning by 88 percent.
Is Your Pool Completely Safe?
Drain entrapments are common amongst swimmers and can even lead to drowning and water danger. Many pool owners may overlook these small aspects of their pool, but to avoid drain entrapments, you should make sure your pool’s drains and pump systems are in compliance with state and federal guidelines. Also, be sure to keep your pool deck and surrounding areas clear of toys and other objects that can be tripped on or can lure children towards the open water.
Depending on Floaties and Life Jackets
Life jackets and other floating devices are great aids to pool safety, but this should not be your only safety net. Even more, if you use these devices to teach your child to swim, this could be problematic because it will give your child a false sense of security. If your child accidently falls into the pool, they will more than likely not have on the floating accessories. Therefore, it is best to teach them how to swim without these aids so that they will know what to do in case the unexpected occurs.
Keep It Safe
It is always better to be safe than sorry. Although pool safety may not be the hardest concept to understand, there are still things that many people overlook that shouldn’t be. Make sure you and your family are remaining absolutely safe this summer by the pool by following these pool safety tips:
- Do not swim alone or allow others to swim alone. Always use the buddy system even in public.
- Make sure you and your loved ones know how to swim properly.
- Do not leave children unsupervised by water.
- Have inexperienced swimmers and young children wear life jackets when around water.
- Be cautious around water even if you do not plan to swim.
- Avoid alcohol use and consumption when around water.
- Install barriers around your home pool and hot tub.
- Make sure pool enclosures surround entire pool and are at least four feet high. Be sure there are no gaps or holes in or around the enclosure. Make sure all latches are completely secure, and that there are no tables or other objects near the enclosure that can be used to climb over the enclosure.
Avoid Pool Safety Mistakes and Stay Safe!
You and your family can have a great time this summer by avoiding pool safety mistakes and following these safety tips. If you are in the Fort Wayne or Angola area, find out how Olympia Pools and Spas can design and install the perfect pool for you and your family to stay safe and have fun this summer.
About the Company
Established in 1970, Olympia Pools & Spas is a family-owned company that has spent nearly 50 years perfecting the above ground pool planning and installation process. Since opening, Olympia Pools & Spas has continued to provide the unparallelled quality and customer service it is known for to all of its clients in Angola, Warsaw, Fort Wayne and the surrounding areas.
Olympia Pool & Spas builds above ground pools and hot tubs designed by only the best pool providers in the industry including Doughboy Recreational, Trendium and Caldera Spas. Once your pool is built, you can “set it and forget it” by having us take care of all of your pool maintenance needs including weekly service, vinyl liner repair and replacement, equipment upgrades and much more.