May is National Water Safety Month

Boy wearing life jacket in swimming pool

Summer is right around the corner, which means it is finally time to spend time around the pool. Before you dive into summer, take an opportunity to refresh your water safety knowledge. A great way to do this every year is to remember May is National Water Safety Month!

In honor of National Water Safety Month, here are five safety tips to help you make sure you’re ready for fun in the sun:

1. Install pool barriers and use a pool safety cover

Keeping everyone safe around the pool is a great place to start when considering safety. This includes keeping unwanted guests and your family members out of your pool when they shouldn’t be there. Your first line of defense is a fence. Your pool fence and gate should meet the local requirements to prevent unsupervised access. (US Consumer Product Safety Commission) Entry gates should close and latch automatically and the latch should be high enough to prevent small children from opening the gate. You can also install a gate alarm for added security.

In addition to your fence, putting a safety cover over your pool when not in use provides another layer of protection. Finally, removing ladders or steps when the pool isn’t in use will discourage unsupervised access.

2. Swimming lessons for everyone

Making sure everyone in your household knows how to swim is a key component for water safety. Enroll family members in age-appropriate water orientation and swim courses to make sure they’re comfortable in and around the water.

3. Supervise children at all times

Just because children can swim, it doesn’t mean they can be in the pool alone. A flotation device is NEVER a substitute for adult supervision in and around the pool. Small children should stay close to adults each time they’re around the pool. Children who do not know how to swim can wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for added peace of mind.

To help better supervise children during pool time, it is a good idea to designate an adult to watch the water when the pool is in use. No one should swim alone – regardless of age.

4. Know and review pool rules regularly

Establish rules and review safety behaviors with everyone in the household before you “open” the pool for the season. Basic pool rules should include no diving, no running, etc. It is also important to keep children away from pool drains and pipes. Don’t forget to display safety signs around the pool to remind everyone about the rules.

5. Have a pool safety plan

All families should have a safety plan in case of an emergency. This also applies to pools. Having a pool safety plan can help save a life if there should be an emergency. While it is unlikely you’ll use safety training, it is important that all household members know basic first aid and CPR. You can even take first aid and CPR courses as a family activity!

In addition to being trained, make sure you have a well-equipped first-aid kit and rescue equipment poolside. Also, keep CPR instructions posted and have a phone near the pool, just in case.

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.