7 Water Safety Tips to Check off Your List this Summer
Summer is one of the best times of the years. Family picnics at the beach, fun in the sun, endless poolside lounging – what more could anyone ask for? With summer quickly approaching, it’s time to begin reminding our families of good water safety habits that they may have forgotten over the long winter months.
Here are 7 water safety tips for you to practice, which will help you have a happy, healthy and safe summer:
1. Children should be properly supervised at all times
Ensuring that children are properly supervised at all times around the pool is so important. Parents should remain close to the pool at all times and ensure that children are always within eyesight. Avoid anything that could compromise awareness, like magazines, headphones and digital devices, is highly recommended. Additionally, babysitters should be informed of pool safety guidelines to avoid miscommunications or misunderstandings.
2. Conduct a pre-play pool sweep
Before allowing kids to dive in, do a quick pool safety check. This means you should check the pool’s surroundings, the pool itself and the pool water. Here are a few important questions to ask:
- Are the pool drains in good condition, with no broken lids?
- Is there first-aid equipment within quick reach?
- Is there a lifeguard on duty or who will be watching the swimmers and where will they be located?
3. Maintain pool safety fences
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) recommends that all households with families should install four-sided isolation fencing for safety purposes. Fencing should ideally be at least five feet high and “equipped with self-closing and self-latching gates”. Regularly inspect your pool’s safety fence to make sure it is secure. If there is any damage, make sure repairs are made right away and that precautions are taken to keep children, pets and other uninvited swimmers out of your pool.
4. Use window and door alarms in your house
It is recommended that families who have pool in their backyard have alarms on their windows and doors to ensure that children are always supervised when outside. Toddlers and children in primary school are especially curious and explorative in nature, so having alarms will help you know if they’re exploring something they shouldn’t be.
5. Teach children about water safety
It’s never too early to begin teaching your children about water safety. Start with simple things, like walking slowly (and never running) around the pool, and always entering the pool feet first. As they get older, teach them the dangers of diving, especially in shallow water or pools they are unfamiliar with, as well as the importance of never rough-housing or dunking others and to never play with or on the drain of the pool.
6. Start swim lessons early
Did you know that children, especially babies are natural swimmers? Children, including babies, can be properly taught how to swim at a very young age. Start swimming lessons early! This will teach your children important life-saving skills. However, it’s also important for you to remember to never to rely on swim lessons alone. Children should still be supervised when in and around the pool and wear approved flotation devices.
7. Keep emergency essentials within reach
Keeping emergency essentials, like rescue equipment and first aid kits, within reach is absolutely essential when it comes to pool safety. A phone, with emergency numbers and the address of the pool is also key component of emergency essentials. While it is unlikely that these items will be used, it is important to have them nearby in case of an accident.
Now is the perfect time to be proactive and make sure that you and your family are properly prepared for pool season.
Pentair takes pool safety seriously. That’s why we’re a proud sponsor of the 2018 National Water Safety Month. Get more ideas on how to promote water safety here.