The following is a guest post by our new friends at the Pool Supplies Blog. Alyssa Zandi is a contributor for several blogs including www.poolsuppliesblog.com, the blog of Swimtown Pool Supplies, one of the largest pool supplies retailers on the web.
Warm weather means a resurgence of pool openings and eager faces of children and adults ready to jump in and enjoy the water. When it comes to pool safety, tips cannot be reiterated enough. Here are some of the most common, but useful, tips for staying safe around pools this season.
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    Make sure small children are always watched when in and around pools.
  • Pools should be properly secured when not in use.
  • Remind pool patrons not to run around the perimeter of the pool.
  • Be aware of pool rules and capacity limits.
  • Never jump or dive directly into cold water. Enter cold water gradually.
  • Teach children how to swim, and/or learn how to swim yourself.
  • Make sure children know basic water safety tips.
  • Instruct children to stay away from pool drains and pipes, and make sure all drains and pipes are properly covered to prevent entrapment.
  • Make sure a charged phone is handy and someone around knows life-saving procedures in case of emergency.
  • Rescue equipment should be present and easily accessible.
  • Tell children to avoid swallowing pool water or getting it in their mouths at all.
  • Keep mouths closed when jumping or diving into water.
  • Any child or person that comes out of water coughing and sputtering should be carefully monitored, as they may have gotten water in their lungs. If their condition worsens, they should receive medical help immediately.
  • For those with sensitive eyes, it can help to wear goggles.
  • Rinse properly after getting out of a pool and use ear drops if needed to prevent swimmer’s ear.
  • Although pool toys may seem safe, do not rely on just any to keep children above water. If they do not know how to swim, make sure they wear a lifejacket or other certified floatation device.
  • An adult should always be within a short reach of children, especially toddlers or infants.
For community pools, one should always assess the surroundings and make sure the pools/facilities are compliant with safety regulations. The pool area should be fenced, safety rules should be posted, and there should be an adult trained in CPR as well as a working phone around at all times in case of an emergency.
The pool is always a fun place to be, so have fun and play it safe.

What tips do you have on pool safety? Share them with us in the comments.

 

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