Pool Safety Tips

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Pool season is finally here! With it comes a chance to revisit the Pool Safety Rules and Guidelines with your family and friends. It is important to make sure that everyone who will be using your pool and spa know the safety rules and guidelines to insure a wonderful pool season.

Post the pool and spa rules near the entrance of the Pool or Spa so that every time you get in you can view them.

Have your children take the Safe Swimmer Pledge:

1. I pledge to never swim alone

2. I pledge to never play or swim near drains or suction fittings

3. I pledge to always dive feet first

4. I pledge to obey the pool rules

You can go here to download a certificate to give them as a reminder about being safe in the pool.

Follow these Water Safety Tips from the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)

  • Teach children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible.
  • Always brief babysitters on water safety, emphasizing the need for constant supervision.
  • Appoint a “designated watcher” to monitor children during social gatherings at or near pools.
  • Equip doors and windows that exit to a pool area with alarms.
  • Have a phone by the pool with emergency numbers programmed into speed-dial.
  • Post CPR instructions and learn the procedures.
  • Keep rescue equipment poolside.
  • Keep a first aid kit at poolside.
  • Maintain constant visual contact with children in a pool or pool area. If a child is missing, check the pool first; seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  • Don’t use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision. Never allow a young child in a pool without an adult.
  • Don’t leave objects such as toys that might attract a child in the pool and pool area.
  • Don’t rely on swimming lessons, life preservers, or other equipment to make a child “water safe.”
  • Never assume someone else is watching a child in a pool area.
  • Don’t leave chairs or other items of furniture where a child could use them to climb into a fenced pool area.
  • Let us not forget our 4 legged friends that like to have fun in the pool as well. We love our pets and they love to come play with us in the water so let’s make sure they are safe too.
  • Try not to let them drink the pool water, keep fresh water handy for them instead
  • Wash them off after their dip in the pool so the chlorine does not dry their skin
  • Make sure your dog knows where to enter and exit the pool safely, so they don’t hurt themselves clawing at the sides of the pool.
  • Just as with kids, take it slow and don’t overdo it. They get tired too.
    • One sure sign your dog is getting tired is that their back end begins to droop in the water, when this happens, it is time for a break
  • There are life vests available for all shapes and sizes of dogs.
    • Certain dogs such as breeds with shorter legs and broad chests (bulldogs, Corgi’s, Pugs, etc.) are not effective swimmers. They may need the support of a life vest.
    • Heavily muscled dogs such as Greyhounds with little body fat will not be as buoyant in the water and might need the life vest for support.

Always have a plan for First Aid.

For more tips for pool & spa owners visit poolsafely.gov.

Follow these safety rules for a safe and happy pool season. Call us today if we can help with any questions in regards to your pool or spa or to meet with a sales representative (315) 458-8800.

 

Water Safety Tips

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.