Summers are finally here. The sun is going to shine bright, and the temperature is soon starting to climb high. In such a time, hanging around the pool would an easy way to get that much-needed respite. So, bring out your swimsuits and hit the cool waters in your backyard.
However, be aware of the risks if you have kids and pets at home. Take care of the safety of the swimmers and ensure they are completely harmless around the shiny blue water. Here are some tips to have all the adults and children protected –
Install Self-Locking and Secured Barricades
Any sort of physical barriers such as pool fences, walls or covers are essential to creating the first line of defense for your young children. Some cities even have mandated laws in this regard and one has to comply to them in order to avoid getting penalized.
Generally, the barriers are required to be at least four feet tall, the higher, the better. They must have self-closing latches that are beyond the reach of children and no widened gaps for a pet or child to fit through. No need to invest in a permanent one – temporary fencing can be equally workable.
Supervision is the Key
Young ones at home must not be allowed to swim alone. Educate your children about the hazards involved and that they have to get your permission to use the swimming pool. Accidents can occur in a matter of minutes, so watch over them when they are around the pool.
Tell them the rules and make sure they follow it. And in case, your house has direct access to the pool area, opt for installation of a door alarm and get hold of them if they sneak out without you knowing.
Send the Kids for Swimming Lessons
If you have kids that are keen on having fun in the pools, you better have them undergo a formal training from a qualified teacher. It is rather best to teach them how to swim right from their toddler age as they feel a lot of comfortable and confident in the water.
However, that doesn’t guarantee that he/she is entirely safe after the lessons. Be mindful of other precautionary measures as well and make them wear approved life vests for a full sense of security. In addition, take a CPR course to tackle unforeseen emergencies.
Carry out Proper Maintenance
You must give your pool the maintenance it needs. Whether it is repairing of the deck, or replacing of damaged railings, it is your responsibility to do anything and everything to prevent people from tripping or getting injured.
Also, the pool water can get dirty and germy, which can quickly make you sick and infect those open wounds. Therefore, make sure you test your pool water regularly and keep up with the filters. Treat the pool chemically quite often to keep your water disinfected, clean and safe.