Yay for #poollife!
Summer is just around the corner and that means that many families will be getting their backyard swimming pools ready for the hot summer sun. Swimming pools are a great way to enjoy the summer months with your family, but it is important that pool safety is the primary concern of parents.
Never leave children unattended in or near the pool– This should be common sense but it is still worth repeating. Just because you are sitting in the pool area, does not mean you are giving children your full attention. If you are texting on your phone or reading a book, a child could drown and it would not be noticed.
Ensure that children know to stay away from pool drains- Swimming pool drains can become suctions for children’s bathing suits, hair, jewelry and even their arms and legs. The 2007 Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act was introduced after 7-year-old Graeme Baker died in 2002, after drowning because she was suctioned by a drain that had a faulty cover.
Enroll children in swimming classes– Every child develops at different rates, so the time when they are ready to learn to swim is also different. For the most part, kids that are between the ages of 1 and 4 and are ready to learn to swim, should take swimming lessons and all kids over the age of 4 should enroll in swimming lessons.
Install a fence around the pool– Children are curious in nature so with a swimming pool in the backyard, you need to ensure that it is not easily accessible by kids. This means putting a fence around the entire swimming pool. Swimming pool fences should be at least 5 feet high, with no footholds or handholds that children can use to climb the fence. The fence should also feature a gate that has a self-closing and self-latching mechanism.
Be safe, have fun and enjoy #poollife!