As the summer temperatures begin to ramp up, people everywhere will flock to swimming pools to beat the heat in a fun and relaxing way. If you are one of the many Texas residents who have a pool on your property, it is important to make sure you are properly prepared. Pools can cause a number of different accidents or injuries, and it is important to take as many precautions as possible to prevent them. Before hosting your big party or opening your pool to guests, make sure you follow these important safety tips to help prevent injuries and limit your liability for any accidents.
Install Proper Barriers
A barrier around the pool area is the single most important piece of pool safety equipment you can have. Without a barrier, young children who do not recognize the danger a pool can make their way onto the property (legally, swimming pools can be known as an “attractive nuisance”). Unattended children could possibly fall into the pool, leading to a serious drowning accident. A proper fence that covers the entire pool area should be the first thing you install for your pool.
A barrier should be at least five feet tall, and have a gate with a latch up high enough that young children cannot access it or operate it easily. Never leave this gate unlocked or wide open, especially with young children around. It may even be a good idea to install a self-closing device on your gate to prevent this from accidentally happening.
Enforce Pool Rules
We have all been scolded by a lifeguard for running near a pool, but there’s a good reason for this. Slipping and falling on a wet pool deck is one of the leading causes for major pool injuries every year. Be sure to enforce a no-running rule in your pool area. Also make sure all of your guests know where it is safe to dive into your pool, if at all, and strictly enforce no diving rules where it is unsafe to do so.
Never Swim Alone
Never allow anyone who uses your pool to swim without some form of supervision. Swimming alone can lead to drowning accidents in the event of a major cramp, a slip-and-fall, or a number of other factors. This is particularly true of younger children, who may not yet be the strongest of swimmers. Make sure whenever someone is swimming in your pool that they are never unattended in doing so.
Know Proper Life-Saving Procedures
The American Red Cross offers CPR classes for a very minimal fee. As a pool owner, CPR can provide a life-saving breath of air to drowning victims, possibly saving their life and preventing drowning injuries. Being able to administer CPR at any time is an invaluable skill for a pool owner, and you should make it a priority to learn and consistently refresh it by retaking a CPR course every few years.
The Red Cross also offers simple first-aid courses for other minor injuries that may occur around your pool. Be sure to keep a well-stocked first aid kit in your pool area. Likewise, be sure to keep lifesaving devices such as life preservers and telescoping hooks as easily accessible as possible to make response time in an emergency as quick as it can be. Make sure to inspect this equipment before the start of every summer to ensure it is in proper working order, and repair or replace it if necessary.
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