With summer approaching, many families are anticipating long and relaxing days lounging by their backyard swimming pools. However, those memorable summer days can easily turn to tragedy in the blink of an eye. According to Red Cross, about 300 people drown and 3,000 are injured each year, with the majority of victims being aged one to two-years-old. Accidental pool drownings are terribly the number one cause of death for infants under the age of four.
From lack of swimming ability and unprotected barriers to lack of supervision and location, there are several factors that affect drowning risk. However, with family planning and swimming pool organizing, your summer can actually be full of wonderful and safe poolside experiences, thanks to Saturn Pools. Here’s a list of our top recommendations to keep your family and pool safe:
- Install a barrier that’s at least four feet in height and includes a self-latching gate. Barriers, such as pool fencing, prevent children from entering the swimming pool without guardians’ awareness. A four foot barrier reduces a child’s drowning risk by 83%, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Always place a safety pool cover on your pool or spa when it’s not in use. Also, all ladders or steps should be removed when pool’s not in use in order to prevent children from falling in or entering the pool.
- Swimming pool lessons are necessary for children of all ages. Young and fairly new swimmers should wear a top-quality life vest, too.
- Actively supervise children in the swimming pool at all times. It’s important to stay alert and be aware of your surroundings, as well as your child’s surroundings, when supervising.
- Keep swimming pool water clean, fresh, and clear to prevent rashes or ear infections. For more information on maintaining proper chemical levels and circulation, and replacing pool water regularly, contact Saturn Pools.
- Make sure you firmly establish swimming pool rules, such as “no diving” and “no swimming alone.”
- Always have appropriate and efficient safety equipment on hand. This includes a first aid kit, scissors (to cut trapped hair from drain or clothing), a charged emergency telephone, and a floatation device.
- Adults and teenagers should possibly consider taking a first aid and/or CPR course.
- Drain and put away portable swimming pools after use.
- Always inform your neighbors, babysitters, or visitors that you have a swimming pool. The more people that know about your swimming pool and safety, the better!
It’s essential that you consider all of these steps when owning a swimming pool. Every effort at ensuring swimming pool safety for you and your family is one step closer to saving a life. If you’d like to learn more about swimming pool safety, or if you have any swimming pool questions, contact Saturn Pools at 623-869-9699.