It is always fun to take the kids down to the local community pool, or go swim a few laps yourself. Bring a book and sit beside the pool enjoying the warm sun and maybe even getting a little tan while the kids enjoy the community pool with their friends. But remember that every pool comes with the potential for danger, so before you go, take these 15 safety tips you should take into account.
First, you want to make sure that all the appropriate equipment is right where you need it.
- Before you leave your house, you will want to pack a pool safety tool kit. This tool kit should include a general first aid kit, a pair of a charged cell phone so that emergency services can be called when necessary, and a floatation device.
- Once you have arrived, look around in the pool area; is there a life guard present? Does it look too crowded? Does it look clean?
- Also check that the most recent pool inspection is not out of date.
- Ensure that the pool is employing the correct sized drain covers.
- And that the pump and filtration system is running.
- Lastly, make sure that there are floatation devices or reaching poles somewhere nearby.
Now that you are certain the all the correct equipment is in place and working properly, you will want to make sure you and other adults are nearby and alert to monitor the children.
- Pay close attention to your children, or other children whenever they are near or in the water.
- Make a note of all the pool rules which should be posted, and ensure that all the children and adults are following them.
- Verify the presence of a lifeguard on duty who is at the ready if needed.
- Also, ensure that the staff is sufficient for the amount of pool patrons.
Lastly, when at the community pool it is important to practice water safety skills and prevention measurements.
- Ensure that you and all the children in your care know how to swim.
- Teach your children safe swimming practices such as floating skills, and to not “horseplay.”
- Be certain that the pool staff is trained in CPR and is current with all their certifications.
- Learn how to perform CPR yourself, and remember to keep these skills up to date.
- Also, learn lifesaving skills; make sure that in the event of a pool emergency you know what to do.
If you don’t have a backyard pool, your only option is to go to your local community pool. It is fun and refreshing to swim around and play with your friends. However, there is always the possibility of catastrophe whenever water is involved. Don’t let such a horrible event happen while you are at the pool. Follow these simple 15 steps to good pool safety and you can ensure that everyone has a good time all the time.