In recognition of the popularity of swimming and other water-related recreational activities, May is officially National Water Safety Month in the United States, which means it might just be time to brush up on some common pool safety tips for parents. For the most part, these are just simple steps from Shasta Pools & Spas in Phoenix, Arizona that anyone can take to make sure their children are protected and accounted for the next time they step into the pool. The goal, after all, is to ensure a safe and fun experience for the whole family.
This should go without saying, but it deserves mention all the same. Anytime a child is anywhere near a pool, parents and other adults need to be watchful, alert and close by in case of emergencies. As it stands, no child should ever be left unattended in a pool. Children are pretty curious, after all, but if they start fiddling with pool drains, pipes and any other open pool fixtures, it could lead to an accident. Parents therefore need to always be mindful of the different features of their pool as well.
It would also be best to have a telephone somewhere near the pool, preferably as an emergency fixture. That way you can always have it at hand in case anything happens. By that same token, if children ever do go missing, look for them in the pool first. Small tips like these will save valuable seconds should disaster strike.
It’s also important to handle pool safety by committee. All neighbors and friends should be aware of the pool safety system you have in place at your home, and they should be able to handle a situation should one arise.
One of the best pool safety tips for parents is to invest time in correctly learning and teaching how to swim. Many swimming accidents each year are caused in part by improper form, and if you’re going to be out in the water with your children, everyone needs to know how to swim. It’s one of those things most people overlook, but you need to keep it in mind nonetheless.
If you’re going to have a pool for your children, you also need to be versed in the basics of life-saving so that you can readily assist in any pool-related emergency. This includes CPR, which we strongly recommend that you learn. Obtaining certification for CPR is relatively simple, and it’s this kind of small training that can legitimately save lives. Be sure to also keep your CPR skills updated regularly as well. You never know when you’ll need them.
These are not so much pool safety tips for parents as much construction-based guidelines for installations and instruments you might want to have added to your pool. These are suggested purely as a way to increase your pool safety features.
For example, installing a four-foot-tall fence around the pool area as well as a self-closing and self-locking gate will keep young children from accidentally wandering in (and asking neighbors to do the same would be ideal). If you have a spa as well, it would also be worthwhile to have a lockable safety cover installed on it.
Remember that the name of the game here is to increase overall pool safety, and with it being National Water Safety Month, there’s no excuse not to be as safe as possible. Should you have any further questions about possible safety measures to use in your pool, or if you wish to reach out to a contracting team that can handle any of your other pool-related issues, contact Shasta Pools & Spas in Phoenix, Arizona today! We can get you that pool you always wanted while keeping it safe for the whole family.