How to Stay Safe Around Pools This Summer
May is National Water Safety Month, which is appropriate considering that Memorial Day, the unofficial start to summer, is just days away! National Water Safety Month is an annual water safety awareness campaign by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals.
To help you stay safe around pools this summer, here are a few ideas of what you can do as a swimmer, parent of a swimmer and pool owner:
1. Be a Responsible Swimmer
Being a responsible swimmer sounds easy enough, but there are actually many components to it. A great place to start is with a safe swimmer’s pledge. You can create your own and customize it or you can use the one available on the National Water Safety Month’s website. If you want to create your own safe swimmer pledge, here are a few ideas on what to include:
- To never swim alone
- To never play or swim near drains or suction fittings
- To always dive feet first
- To obey all pool rules
- To never run near the pool
- To always wear sunscreen
2. Be a Responsible Pool Owner and/or Parent of Swimmers
While we all aim to teach our children to be responsible and respectful, we also need to take a moment to review our responsibilities as a parent of a swimmer and as a pool owner. In addition to teaching our children to obey pool rules, parents and pool owners need to set pool rules and help their children and guests keep them.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) insists that parents follow these simple, no-exception rules. When the pool is not in use, there should be no toys left nearby. Never allow ride-on toys poolside. Electrical devices should be kept away from the water. Absolutely no diving in a pool that isn’t deep enough. And, as always, NO RUNNING! Post pool rules in your pool area and make sure all your guests know what the rules are.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that, in addition to being capable of performing CPR, all pool owners should be prepared for an emergency by having rescue equipment, like a shepherd’s hook and life jacket, as well as phone near the pool.
The AAP also recommend that children are never left unattended and that you designate an adult as a “Water Watcher”. The adult, who is watching the swimmers, while on duty, should have no distractions.
Finally, as a pool owner, make sure your pool is secured with fencing. For additional information on how to secure your pool, we recommend these articles:
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.