As experts in the industry, we know that pools promise endless summer fun. But it’s important to note that they also come with the huge responsibility of keeping children, pets, and other loved ones out of harm’s way. This is how we can all work together to help prevent accidental drownings. Here are 5 pool safety tips that everyone should know.
1) Keep Eyes on the Pool.
Cell phones, social media, and other distractions are all too common in today’s world. But it’s important to remember that when it seems like everybody’s watching, nobody’s watching. Local safety organizations recommend assigning the role of “water watcher” to someone in your group. He or she must take on the responsibility of keeping an eye on everyone swimming in the pool. Think of them as a pseudo-lifeguard, watching out for everyone’s safety.
2) Keep the pool covered when it’s not in use for pool safety.
Cover your pool with a proper cover (preferably a motorized one) whenever you’re not using it, even if that’s during your busy swimming season. It is important to make sure the cover fits securely over the pool’s entire surface, otherwise, a person or a pet get trapped under it and accidentally drown. Ask us how we can find the right pool cover for you!
3) Consider taking swimming lessons.
As a parent, it’s important to know that there is no substitute for active adult supervision of your kids around the pool, or ANYWHERE with more than an inch of water. But an important line of defence for your children is having the ability to swim on their own. If your kids are not already enrolled in swim class, there’s no better time than the present to get them started! If you live locally, check out Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre for more info on swimming lessons.
4) Everyone should know: Never rely on pool noodles, water wings, or other floaties.
These items are pool toys, not life-saving devices. If someone needs help or support in the pool, they should always use floatation devices approved by the Canadian Coast Guard or similar safety organization in their country.
5) Build pool with quality materials and ensure safe installation.
To prevent safety hazards and other accidents, it’s important to have the right people install your pool. As experts in the field of pool installation, we know just the right type of materials to use in your backyard to prevent slipping, electrical issues, or other safety issues. We can also make recommendations on things like preventative landscaping (i.e. fencing, walls, etc.), pool covers, and more! Contact us for more information on safety features and recommendations. Safety is one of our top priorities!
Looking for more than these 5 pool safety tips that everyone should know? Give us a call and we will help point you in the right direction!