THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER ARE FAST APPROACHING AND POOL SEASON WILL BE IN FULL SWING! THIS IS A TIME TO GET TOGETHER WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND BEAT THE HEAT! FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE POOL SAFETY TIPS TO MAKE SURE ALL YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT IS HOW MUCH FUN YOU ARE HAVING!
Teach Children Water Safety!
Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional death in children aged one to four. Pool safety is a must!
- Make sure your children know how to swim.
- Diving in backyard pools can be dangerous. Make sure children know if the pool they are in has a SAFE area for diving.
- Running near pools is extremely dangerous. Ensure that children are aware of all the dangers – falling in the pool, falling on the deck area etc.
- Keep children away from drains. Make sure drain pipes have tight fitting covers that cannot easily be removed by a child. Ensure they know the dangers of getting trapped and that these are not for play!
- Finally, do not rely on “floaties” to keep children safe. Use a life vest.
If you are hosting a backyard party designate one adult to be the “water watcher”. This person should only be watching the pool and not be distracted by anything else around them. There should be no phones, reading, playing cards etc. while watching the children. Remember, drowning can happen in an instant!
When lounging around the pool, or at the beach, make sure you have a charged phone in case of emergency. It is a good idea to take a CPR course and a water safety course. Most importantly, keep all safety equipment within reach, such as a first aid kit complete with scissors to cut away hair or clothing that may have become trapped, a proper life preserver and a shepherd’s hook.
Always remember sunscreen and use it often. Children burn more easily and water reflects the harmful rays of the sun. Use a good sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours and after swimming. For additional sun safety use cover-ups and hats.
Good Fences Make Safe Pools!
All pools are required to have a fence that fully encloses the pool. Municipal guidelines may vary but here are some tips you can follow:
- First, the fence should be at least 4 ft and fully enclose all sides of the pool
- Gates should open away from the pool, self-close and self-latch.
- Latches should be at a height that children are unable to reach.
- Make sure the gate is kept locked at all times when nobody is around.
- Lastly, if at all possible equip the gate with an alarm.
*For the best information on pool fencing, chick your local by-law office for requirements and permits.
Summer is the time to get outside and enjoy your yard and your family! If you follow some simple pool safety tips your summer should be filled with sun, fun and laughter! Have a great time!