Ways to Make Your Pool Area Safer
Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || May 25, 2017
Summer is a great time to hit the pool to keep cool and get some full-body exercise. If your home has a pool, summer is also a great time to ensure that your pool meets the highest safety standards to protect your family and friends from swimming pool-related injuries. Learn some tips to help increase the safety of your swimming pool.
Fence It In
If your pool doesn’t have a fence, now is the time to install one. When planning your fence, be sure that every entrance to the pool is able to be locked. This includes doors leading from your house into the pool area. Install a fence that is sturdy, and at least 4 feet in height. Wrought iron is a popular choice, but be sure that you choose a design that is hard to climb, such as vertical bars. Every gate into the pool area should be self-latching, and the latch should be out of reach of small children. You should also consider installing gate alarms that alert you to the gate being opened.
Remove Toys From the Pool Area Between Use
If you have small children, you can take steps to make your pool less attractive to kids. Always store pool toys in appropriate containers to keep children from seeing them and wanting to play with them when the pool is not in use. Cover the pool completely with a pool cover, and remove the cover completely before allowing swimmers in the pool. Keep planters, patio furniture, and other objects away from the pool fence to prevent climbing. Keep regular toys out of the pool area as well.
Keep Rescue Supplies on Hand
Post emergency numbers and CPR directions in a conspicuous place near the pool. You also should keep a rescue float on hand. Pool toys are not safe substitutions for supervision and appropriate rescue floats. You also should keep a first aid kit on hand, as well as a charged cell phone. Take a course in basic first aid and CPR to prepare for a safe summer pool season.
Always Supervise the Pool
If there are people in or around the pool, have a designated adult watching the pool. Ensure that the adult who is supervising the pool isn’t distracted from their job, and refrain from serving them alcohol until they are no longer watching the pool. Poor swimmers or young children should also wear life vests to help keep them safe and to allow for an easier rescue, should they need the help. Adults should never swim alone, even if they are strong swimmers. Always have a buddy at the pool to help in an emergency.
Never Mix Alcohol and Swimming
Even if you have no young children that need to be watched, it is important to ensure that intoxicated people are not allowed in the pool. Hot tubs and saunas can increase the effects of alcohol, so you should also wait to drink until you are finished with these amenities. Alcohol can cause fatigue, a lack of coordination, and decreased judgment capabilities, which can lead to tragic accidents. Wait to get in the pool until everyone has sobered up, or save the alcohol for after you’re done swimming.
Always Clear the Pool Before Swimming
It can be easy to become tangled in pool vacuums or trapped under pool covers. Do not allow swimmers in the water until the pool is clear of obstacles such as these. If you have a removable pool ladder, ensure that it is firmly mounted and stable before using it to enter or exit the pool.
Enforce Pool Area Rules
Some rules can help keep everyone in the pool area safe. Decide on the necessary rules for your pool, and enlist the help of other adults to ensure these rules are followed. Some examples of pool safety rules include:
- No swimming alone or without supervision.
- No diving, or no diving in water less than 6 feet deep.
- No horseplay, including wrestling, fighting for pool toys, or games that are rough.
- No running, skipping, or jumping in the pool area.
- No alcohol in the pool area, or no drinking and swimming.
- Life vests must be worn by small children and poor swimmers.
- The pool gate must remain closed at all times.
Don’t Jump into Shallow Water
Depth markers can be helpful to judge the depth of the water. As a general rule, you should never dive or jump into water less than 6 feet deep. Swimmers should never be allowed to jump or dive into the water with other swimmers, pool toys, or other objects nearby.
At Salvador Phillips, PLLC, we hope you and your loved ones enjoy a safe and fun summer. If you are injured, however, our Phoenix personal injury attorneys are standing by to help. Our team is available 24/7 to answer your questions. We are strong supporters of client-centric advocacy, so you can trust that your concerns and goals are our highest priority.