Making your pool safe for a worry-free summer
Sun, sangria and swimming: the summer flies by so fast and we all want to make the most of the hot weather. That’s why we’ve put together a quick review of the basic rules for making your pool safe so kids and adults alike can splash around safely!
Tips for keeping your kids safe around the pool
First of all, if you’re a parent and you have a pool, make sure your kids take swimming lessons. Knowing how to swim will give them the skills they need and give you peace of mind. That being said, even if they’re good swimmers, keep an eye on them at all times. Never allow them to swim when they’re alone. If you need to be away, even for a few minutes, make sure they get out of the water.
Give your kids clear instructions, ideally at the beginning of the summer. This will help them realize that the pool can be a dangerous place and that certain rules need to be followed.
- Avoid running or roughhousing around the pool.
- Refrain from diving or jumping into the water (no cannonballs!).
- Only swim when an adult is present.
- Use plastic plates and glasses for poolside snacks – nothing breakable.
Are your kids having friends over for a swim? Check with their parents about their swimming abilities and how comfortable they are in the water. And for added safety, always have buoys or flotation belts available.
Fencing is a must
Whether you have an in-ground or above-ground pool, the law requires that it be enclosed by a fence that complies with municipal by-laws. Check the rules for your area.
Secure access is key
Make sure the pool gate has a latch. You can also opt for spring-loaded hinges that allow the gate to close automatically.
Make sure the area around the pool is clear. Think about every access point. Benches, flowerpots and other items around the pool can easily be used as a stepping stone.
- If a ladder is needed to access the pool, take it down after every swim. You can also opt for a safety device that covers the steps, making the pool inaccessible.
When you’re done swimming, remove all toys and flotation devices (balls, mattresses, noodles, etc.). That way, your kids won’t be tempted to go looking for them when you’re not there. Make sure the gate is properly closed and locked when you leave.
Safe swimming rules for everyone...
Pool safety isn’t just for kids! Adults need to be careful too:
- Check the depth and temperature of the water before diving in.
- Never swim alone. A fall, cramp or dizzy spell can happen at any time.
- Alcohol and pools don’t mix, especially in hot weather. Be in control at all times!
That pretty much covers it! All you need to do now is slather on the sunscreen, soak up the summer and enjoy your pool safely for complete peace of mind.