May is National Water Safety Month.
As a pool or spa owner it is extremely important to understand know how to keep those using your pool or spa safe so everyone can enjoy a fun experience.
Drowning and injuries are very avoidable when safety rules are followed. Simple steps save lives.
The CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) suggests creating a pool/spa safety kit that includes these basics:
POOL/ SPA SAFETY KIT:
- A first aid kit
- A pair of scissors that can be used to cut pool covers, clothing and other apparel if needed.
- A charged telephone to call 911
- A floatation device
These simple steps can save lives:
1. Supervision: Always watch your children in the pool. Children no matter their skill level should only swim when accompanied and supervised by an adult.
2. Fencing: A fence that is at least 4 -5 foot tall completely surrounding the pool is ideal. The fence should not be easy to climb and should contain self-latching locks. If your home serves as one side of the pool fence you should also consider window and door alarms.
3. Safety Covers: Covers are an extremely important part of pool/ spa safety. Spas should be covered and locked when not in use. Pools that are covered when not in use offer an added level of security. Children should be encouraged to stay away from both pools and spas with out adult supervision. Most pool covers are designed to carry the weight of a small child. Safety covers should not be used alone using all safety steps is ideal for a fun pool or spa experience.
4. Alarm: Install alarms in your pool and spas as well as access points. These alarms will notify you that someone is in the pool/spa or in the pool area.
5. Drain Covers: While they may not top your list on the pool and spas safety list ensuring your pool is using proper drainage covers can eliminate the risk of entrapment. Be sure that your pool and spa is using the proper drain covers and they are correctly installed by professionals.
6. Learn to Swim: It may sound too obvious but being able to swim as well as teaching your children to swim plays an important role in pool and spa safety. Did you know swimming is the only sport that can save a life, and lessons are available to people of all ages and skill levels.
7. Learn CPR: Knowing the basics of CPR can save lives. Should any of the earlier steps of safety fail knowing CPR is a crucial skill for pool owners. You may never need to use it but keeping up to date on your CPR skills can save lives and maximize your pool/spa safety.
If you have questions or want additional information about pool and spa safety please visit any of our six locations. Our staff of pool and spas professionals can assist you with anything you need. Please stop in our showroom or visit our website.