How to secure your inground pool
An inground pool is refreshing and inviting during the warm summer months. However, it’s important to be vigilant before, during and after a pool session, especially with kids. In recent years, most municipalities have required the installation of automatic fences around a pool to maximize security. There are other things you can do to ensure a safe and secure pool environment. Here is a list on how to secure your inground pool!
Adult presence at all times
If you have young kids or even young adults, adult presence during a pool session is essential. For example, in the case of a pool party with many adults as well as children, take the time to designate a responsible adult to watch the children in the pool. It only takes a few seconds for an accident to happen! Be sure to stay attentive and undistracted when watching children in the pool to be able to react quickly should a situation arise.
Recognize the signs of drowning
A drowning can occur at any age and at any time, no matter how skilled the swimmer. Therefore, it’s important for everyone and anyone to be ready to intervene when they see signs of drowning. It’s important to note that the person in distress will be searching for breath and NOT screaming for help! Other factors to look out for include a panicked facial expression and flailing arm movements. It’s important to stay alert to ensure maximum vigilance and safety while swimming.
Diving is one of the most popular activities for swimmers but can increase the risk of an accident. In fact, it’s the principal cause of trauma to the spinal cord related to sport practice. Even if your inground pool seems sufficiently deep, it’s recommended to enter the pool with your feet first. If you do want to dive, be sure to check the length and depth of the pool before doing so. It’s important to note that the water depth must be twice your height to be considered safe for diving!
Remove toys after the pool session
Once swimming is done for the day, don’t forget to remove the toys and other objects that are in or around the pool. If this step is forgotten, kids can be attracted by the toys in the pool which can cause an accident. Be sure to close the pool access door securely when leaving the area.
In conclusion, it’s important to be vigilant and careful with your inground pool. The most important factor in pool safety is teaching and enforcing pool rules to kids at an early age. Promoting enjoyment with safety is the key to secure your inground pool!