It’s summertime, which means more and more families will be out enjoying the warm weather and playing in pools. And while the water can be a lot of fun, it can also be dangerous.
According to the Center for Disease Control, in the United States about 10 people die in accidental drownings every day; two of those people, on average, are age 14 or younger.
So before you invite your friends and family over for a quick swim this summer, consider these simple tips to help protect your pool and keep loved ones safe.
Watch the video for our Five Summer Pool Safety Tips:
Here are the five summer pool safety tips mentioned in the video above:
Number One. Install a fence or other barrier such as a wall completely around the pool or spa. It should be at least four feet high and be free of handholds or footholds that children can climb.
Number two. Fenced gates should be self-closing and self-latching. The gate should be well maintained to close and latch easily. And the latch should be out of a child’s reach.
Number three. Use an alarm system for gates, doors and windows leading into the pool area. An alarm signal immediately tells the parent that a door has been opened.
Number four. Check to make sure all of your pool and spa covers are in good working order. Covers should withstand the weight of two adults and a child to allow a rescue should someone fall onto the cover.
Number five. Know what to do in case an accident does happen. Consider taking CPR, first aid or emergency response classes. Keep rescue equipment by the pool and be sure a telephone is poolside with emergency numbers posted nearby. Seconds count when it comes to preventing brain damage or death.
Keep in mind, no pool is accident proof, but taking these extra precautions can reduce the chance of an accidental drowning at your home, giving you that extra piece of mind so you can enjoy your summer safely.