Pool Safety Guidelines

Keep your loved ones safe this summer.

It’s that time of the year again where the sun is out and the pool becomes all the more inviting. However, while the pool is an ultimate source of summertime relaxation, accidents can and do happen. The best way to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones while beating the heat is to follow some general rules and guidelines. Your community pool might have its own set of pool rules to follow that you should have read and become familiar with. Here are some common pool rules and regulations that you should keep in mind when going for a refreshing swim.

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Children should be kept under adult supervision at all times. Unfortunately, over 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year, according to the American Red Cross. Have young or inexperienced swimmers wear a floatation device when going for a dip such as a lifejacket. If your children do not know how to swim, enroll them in swimming lessons.

Rules and safe behaviors should also be enforced. These rules can be as simple as “no running” or “swim with a buddy.” Nobody should ever swim alone. If there is no lifeguard on duty, you should always swim responsibly and safely.

In the event of an emergency, make sure everyone knows how to handle the situation. Water safety, first aid and CPR courses could save a life one day. Simply having safety equipment nearby the pool is also valuable preparation. It should be noted, however, that safety equipment should never be handled or tampered with unless there is an emergency. Teach your children how to handle an emergency if one were to ever occur. A good idea would be to have an “alarm bell” of sorts that they could ring or sound to quickly signal for help.

Cleanliness of the pool is also important. Proper chemical levels, circulation, and filtration will minimize the risk of earaches, rashes, or other diseases that can be more serious. If you notice your community pool isn’t as clean as it should be, please let your property manager know as soon as possible.

The pool in your home or community is meant to be enjoyed. Kick back in the sun and unwind in the water, but do so safely.

 

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