by Mark Garcia June 10, 2015
A backyard swimming pool is called an "attractive nuisance" in legal parlance, and you know how attractive a pool is to young people.
If you are interested in upping your game in the pool safety department (and who isn't), today's post is a quick read on how to make it happen.
Here is the Big List of swimming pool safety tips that you can use to increase safety awareness, add layers of protection, and improve supervision of children around a pool.
- Inspect the pool area daily for any trip or slip hazards
- Inspect the pool equipment for any electrical or gas hazards.
- Inspect the doors, gates, covers or any other barriers to access
- Inspect your pool chemicals for proper and safe storage
- Remove any items near the fence that would help a child climb over the fence
- Door alarms or Gate alarms will alert you when doors to the pool are opened by a child
- Secondary internal fencing, or walls, hedges or planters can be used to restrict pool access
- Automatic pool covers and mesh safety covers provide a strong layer of protection
- Safety Turtle wristband alarms are the most effective pool alarm, in my opinion
- Be a Life Guard, eyes on your swimmers and within arm's reach.
- Hold an annual family Pool Safety Summit, to increase pool safety awareness
- Teach your children how to swim, with lessons every year
- Actively supervise your swimmers, poolside or in the pool
- Never leave the pool area with kids in the pool
- Enforce the Pool Rules - be firm, but fair
- No hyperventilating or breath holding contests which can lead to shallow water blackout
- Teach your kids the danger of entrapment in suction lines like main drains
- Keep toys out of the pool area, or put away after use - toys attract children
- Aboveground pools must use locking ladders or step systems
- Diving should be discouraged if not banned outright
- If a child is missing, check the pool first - seconds count!
Here's a free Pool Rules sign that you can use - (made it myself!), Place in a plastic sheet protector or laminate it for outdoor use, or tape it to the refrigerator.
21 pool safety tips; and here's one more - Drowning is Silent. You won't hear splashing and calls for help, and a drowning event can occur in just seconds, not minutes.
Now it's up to you, take the next steps and implement some practices to make your swimming pool safer this summer!
Thanks for Reading!