On a hot summer day, there’s nothing better than relaxing in your pool. Whether it’s an above-ground, in-ground, or kiddie pool, children are usually the first ones to cannonball right in for a game of “Marco-Polo” or a few laps in their floaties. Adults may enjoy a cold beverage while lounging around the pool, or dipping their feet in while watching the kids. As fun as pools are, they can also be very dangerous.
According to the American Red Cross, over 200 young children drown in pools every year. Thousands more are injured, and these figures continue to rise when you include adults. In New York State, homeowners may find themselves liable for any incidents that happen in or near their pools. Follow these tips to protect your family and friends while enjoying your pool:
- Make sure that everyone near the pool knows how to swim, or that they are wearing a properly fitting flotation device.
- The pool must be fenced or walled in by a barrier that is four feet or higher. The latch on the gate should be self-securing and high enough that it is out of a child’s reach. No one should have access to the pool when it is not in use by the homeowners.
- No children should be allowed in or near the pool without adult supervision. It is also a good idea for adults to make sure that someone is home before they go in the pool so that they can be checked on occasionally.
- At least one person in your household should know CPR. Even an untrained person is able to perform chest compressions at a rate of 100-120 per minute until paramedics arrive.
- Keep safety and rescue devices readily available near the pool. These can include rescue ropes and poles, and floating rings.
- Maintain a clean pool, but keep cleaning chemicals locked up and away from children and pets. Water should be tested regularly to ensure that it is a proper pH level.
- Establish “Pool Rules” for family and visitors. These should include proper usage of the pool--no horseplay, no running on the deck, no eating and swimming, when it is appropriate to swim (with adult supervision), and health tips--wear sunscreen and proper swimming attire.
- Do not allow intoxicated adults to use the pool. Impaired judgment may cause someone to slip and fall onto the hard deck, or into the pool, which can be potentially life threatening. Beverages in glass bottles should never be enjoyed near a pool. Broken glass is nearly impossible to see in a pool and may cut swimmers.
To make sure that you have a safe and fun summer, follow these pool safety tips.
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