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Swimming Pool Safety Tips for Parents and Homeowners

SWIMMING POOL SAFETY TIPS FOR PARENTS AND HOMEOWNERS

A pool in your backyard can be fun and joy for your entire family and friends. You can enjoy swimming with your family, teach your children how to swim and throw pool parties. However, keeping your pool safe for your family, visitors and neighbors will always be your responsibility. 

Out of all the accidents in the world that result in the death of a child, drowning incidents are the highest. According to the CDC, It is one of the leading causes of death in kids with ages 1 -4, out of which 50% drowned in their own home swimming pool. In more than 70% of these instances, the children reportedly went missing for only five minutes and around 33% incidents took place at a relative or friend’s home. Many of those who survived drowning were handicapped for life due to brain damage or suffered other serious injuries.

Here are a few pool safety tips to keep in mind in order to avoid such unfortunate events from happening.

1. Train Your Children
2. Be Strict With Safety Rules
3. Designate or Hire a Water Watcher
4. Set Up a Multilayered Safety System
5. Security Cameras & Alarm Systems
6. Pool Maintenance 

1. Train Your Children

Training your children is the first step towards ensuring their safety. Talk to them about water safety and how to avoid accidents. Remember drowning incidents don’t really happen while swimming because usually the child is accompanied by an elder, around 70% of incidents happen when the kids are not even swimming and just wandered off towards the pool. We are not just talking about a swimming pool, even kiddie pools are dangerous and children should not be left unsupervised in these pools. We teach them all the time how it is not right talking to strangers or walking away with them or how dangerous it is to play with power appliances, teaching them regarding the dangers of water is also equally important. Children as young as 2 can be taught how to swim, in fact they are the quickest learners and can learn to float & swim in a matter of days, but you always have to be careful.

2. Be Strict With Safety Rules

Teach your children what activities they can do inside and outside the pool. This will always be an ongoing activity. As a parent, your child’s security is your foremost responsibility. Parents must observe vigilance when it comes to monitoring kids in a swimming pool or around it. You should stop your children from running around the swimming pool, completely abstain them from entering it alone and forbid them to avoid playing near pool jets and drains. There is no need for diving boards and water slides, these are always going to tempt a child especially when they are not being supervised. Do not rely completely on floats and life jackets.

3. Designate or Hire a Water Watcher

If you cannot always supervise your children because of your work or other reasons you should share this duty with other family members or hire a water watcher. If you and your family members are going to do the job of a water watcher then you must train for it. Learn how you can identify a child in distress because kids would rarely be able to make noise when they are drowning. The water watcher should also be a person who is well aware of providing first aid. If you are visiting a relative or friend for a pool party, or throwing a party around your own pool you should definitely designate a water watcher. Also, if there is going to be a large crowd, you should designate more than one water watcher. They should be professional enough to realize that during their duty they cannot have alcohol or mingle with other people. A water watcher shouldn’t even look at their phone or look away from the pool for even a minute as it can be enough for any accident to happen. The job of the water watcher is to be alert at all times.

4. Set Up a Multilayered Safety System

Children will tend to roam around on their own in your entire home, indoor or outdoor. Physical obstacles placed properly can prevent your child from falling into the pool. Make sure that your pool is encircled by a fence, high enough to prevent children from jumping over or going under. The space between fences should not be wide enough for a child to pass through. Don’t keep anything next to the fence which the child could use to jump over the fence. Install a proper door to the fence wall and arm it with an alarm system. Remember that every home has a different layout and it is better to hire a safety expert certified by the IAFCS (International Association for Child Safety). You can also choose to keep the pool covered in order to prevent accidents. Rigid foldable covers can be used for spas & hot tubs, however floating covers are advised to be used for covering swimming pools. 

5. Security Cameras & Alarm Systems

There are countless security companies which are offering not only security devices, but also subscription of around-the-clock surveillance in case you cannot monitor yourself. Starting from indoor security, you can install childproof lock systems which prevent your child from going out on their own. You can install security cameras in your backyard, driveway and your rooms that are triggered by motion & heat sensors and linked to an alarm system. What is even better is that these systems are totally wireless. You can link your wireless driveway alarm to a sensor placed in the vicinity of your pool and can add more than one sensor to cover the entire area of your pool. Link all of them together to the receiver of your alarm system. You can even install an alarm system on the gate of your pool to prevent unsupervised entry. Special pool alarms are also available with motion detectors or you can go for wearable alarm systems which children can wear.

6. Pool Maintenance 

The drains of your pool should be “anti-entrapment” ones. Drains at times can create suction which can trap even adults below the water’s surface. Several tragic incidents have been reported due to this issue and it resulted in serious injuries. Keep your pool clean and keep the cleaning chemicals away from children.

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