Florida is known for it’s moderate climate and the opportunity to enjoy the water almost year round. Many homeowners decide to bring the water to them and install pools in their backyards. To ensure a swimming pool is enjoyable every time, homeowners and swimmers should practice swimming pool safety every time they are near water.
The pool water should be cleaned regularly by removing debris and using the proper chemicals and the pH balance maintained at the recommended levels to prevent rashes, earaches, chemical burns, and bacteria that can lead to illness. Make sure filter and drain covers are in good condition and not cracked or missing. All electrical wires and parts should be maintained and repaired by a licensed electrician.
A four foot fence with a self-closing & latching gate should surround the pool area and be locked when not in use. Pool covers also help keep the water clean and secure when not in use. If children live in the home, pool owners should consider a water alarm on the pool and alarms for doors that lead to the pool. If a child ever goes missing, the pool area should be the first place searched.
No one should ever swim alone. Even the most skilled and experienced swimmers could encounter an emergency situation that lessens their ability to stay above the water or exit the pool quickly. For adult swimmers, another adult should check in intermittently. Children should never be in the water alone and should always be within arms reach of an adult.
Always Be Prepared
Pool owners should become certified in CPR, for both adults and children, and water rescue techniques. The Red Cross offers training and certification. A floatation device and wireless telephone should be in the immediate vicinity of the pool at all times. A first aid kit should also be available.
These simple and easy to practice steps will make for safe and enjoyable use of a swimming pool every time.