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by Rob Cox May 21, 2013
Hosting a Safe Pool Party
Pool Party season is upon us, and this being National Water Safety Month, it's a great time to review some pool safety information - in particular, how to host a safe pool party.
Each year, hundreds of emergency room visits are made for near-drownings or diving injuries. In most cases, a lifeguard was not designated.
Guests can also become injured around the deck, by slipping and falling, or by just moving around unfamiliar terrain and surroundings.
Here's some ways to increase your level of pool safety around the pool during your next pool party.
TRIP & SLIP PROTECTION
- Walk the deck slowly, looking for any trip hazards, like uneven concrete slabs. You can mark toe-stubbers with bright colored tape, or patch with caulking.
- If you have any low areas that collect water and has become slippery, treat with a bleach solution, a brush and a hose. During the party, keep sweeping any accumulating puddles.
- Remove any obstacles that are close to the pool, such as chairs, toys or planters.
- Place No Running signs around the pool, and enforce the rule on swift kids.
- Look for any sharp or pointy objects in the range of 2-5 ft in height, that might poke an eye.
NO DIVING PROTECTION
- Place No Diving signs around the pool. Classic or Amusing.
- Place a chair on top of diving boards, with a No Diving sign.
- Remind small children (and especially large men) to not dive.
- Be watchful of out of control jumping, or kids entering the pool unsafely.
- Trampolines or other large objects, should be moved far away from the pool! ;-)
LIFEGUARD ON PATROL
- Hiring a lifeguard, from the local swim team or community pool is best.
- Designate a suitably sober and mature person to take a lifeguard shift.
- Give them oral and written instructions on the pool rules, to keep consistency.
- Buy a lifeguard cap, whistle and some zinc oxide, to make them official.
- Keep an eye on your lifeguard. Relieve them every 30-60 minutes.
OTHER POOL PARTY SAFETY TIPS
- Keep an even closer eye on the pool as the party winds down.
- If the party moves indoors, due to weather or nightfall - lock the doors and pool gates.
- No Glass or Ceramic items in the pool area. Use plastic cups, plates and flatware.
- Ask a friendly "Can you Swim?" of all of your guests to identify non-swimmers.
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- Don't allow tipsy guests to use the pool.
- Don't allow guests to fall asleep on floating lounge chairs.
- Don't allow swimmers to hyperventilate before going underwater, which can lead to shallow water blackout.
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