Pools are a very popular choice among children and adults, equally. With the summer comes some hot temperatures and those lucky enough to own or know someone who owns a pool have no hesitation when it comes to beating the heat.
Pools can be a great way of keeping cool and having fun, but can also be deadly. As an adult it is important to use common sense and safety when using a pool. When children are present it is vitally important to educate them on pool safety and supervise them at all times.
As a pool owner it is important to remind everyone of pool safety, as you can be liable for any accidents occurring in or around your pool area.
Some pool safety tips for children include:
- Never leave a child un-attended, even for a moment.
- Install a safety fence that is at least 4 feet high. Make sure the fence posts are not wide enough for the child to fit through. A lot of new fences are woven with mesh. Gates should self close and self latch.
- A power safety cover can add extra protection, but must never be used in place of a fence.
- Keep rescue equipment (life preserver or shepherd’s hook) and a telephone by the pool at all times.
- Air filled swimming aids are not a substitute for life preservers or jackets. These will not prevent your child from drowning.
- Anyone watching a child in the pool should be at arm’s length at all times.
- Anyone supervising a child in a pool should know CPR and have the ability to rescue the child if needed.
- After use of the pool, remove all toys from the water to prevent a child from reaching into the pool to retrieve the toy.
- After use of the pool, make sure all gates are latched and locked.
Accidents can happen even under the safest circumstances. If your child has suffered from any type of pool injury, please call us toll-free 1-866-735-2792 for a free consultation or fill out our case evaluation form.