Having a pool is a dream for many, but it also comes with responsibilities. In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, very young children between the ages of 1 and 4 are at the greatest risk of drowning. In most cases, the little ones were at home and slipped outside and into the pool without noticing.
Even older children and adults can be at risk not only of drowning, but also of slipping and falling on wet surfaces. Pool safety advocates say it’s important to create “layers of protection” around your home pool. If one security system is bypassed, a backup can help prevent tragedy — and protect you as a homeowner. Here are some additional tips to follow:
- Install a fence around the pool at least 4 feet high with a locking gate.
- When the pool is not in use, remove ladders and accessories, as well as any toys or swimming equipment that a young child might try to reach. Placing a hard cover on the surface can act as a barrier against accidental trips and falls for very young children (while keeping your water clear of debris).
- When children are in the pool, they must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times. Never leave them unattended near the pool – not even for a minute.
- Inexperienced swimmers should wear a life jacket.
- Invest in pool safety equipment such as life hooks, life rings, and safety rope. Also, post safety rules and follow them consistently to both family members and guests.
- Have everyone in the house take first aid and CPR training.
- Consider a motion-activated alarm that alerts you when someone opens a gate and enters the water when you’re not outside.
- If you have very young children, install a rear alarm to alert you if they slip outside unnoticed. You can also buy special bracelets for children that warn you when they get wet.
- Limit alcohol consumption around the pool, as alcohol can affect balance, coordination and judgment. In fact, according to the CDC, alcohol consumption is responsible for half of all pool deaths among teens and adults.
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