Splashing, swimming, and diving into the shimmering clear waters of a swimming pool has the power to energize and refresh the body and mind. Whether the water temperature is brisk enough for goosebumps or as warm as morning sunshine, pool time is a favorite recreation and fitness activity. While there are great time had at the pool, here's how you can Pool Safely, pool trendy, and enjoy the good life with PoolCandy.
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1. Never leave a child unattended in or near water.
While we all enjoy the relaxation of the pool, it's of extreme importance to always watch children in or near water. When a lifeguard is on watch at the pool, parents and caregivers should not leave children unattended near the water. Pool Safely advises the designation of an official Water Watcher, a supervising adult solely focused on monitoring the pool without distractions of reading, texting or playing games. Always keep a phone available to call for help in the event of an emergency
2. Teach children how to swim.
Personally, I have to admit, I'm not comfortable teaching my own kids to swim. It was in my best interest to register my kids in swim lessons to teach them to swim, as well as rescue techniques. Check out free or low-cost swim classes available locally at YMCA, Parks and Recreation Department or other community-based programs.
3. Teach children to stay away from drains.
Too many tragic incidents occur each year involving playing or swimming near drains or suction outlets in spas and pools. Take a quick inspection of the pool drains and never enter a pool or spa with loose, broken or missing drain covers. Avoid close proximity to the suction of pool drains and outlets to prevent the danger of hair, limbs, jewelry or bathing suits becoming stuck in a drain or suction opening.
4. Ensure all pools and spas, both in your backyard and any public pool you may visit, have compliant drain covers.
The Pool and Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act) is enacted on behalf of Virginia Graeme Baker who passed away from drowning due to a suction entrapment from a faulty drain cover. As a result of the tragic loss of life, all public pools and spas must have drain grates or covers meeting or exceeding safety standards. Remember to inform others that the powerful suction of a pool or spa drain has the potential to even trap an adult swimmer.
5. Install proper barriers, covers and alarms on and around your pool and spa.
Protective fences, barriers, alarms and covers surrounding pools and spas can be lifesaving devices. The installation of a fence of at least 4' surrounding the pool or spa should prevent children from climbing or entering the water without supervision. Entering the water should only be accessible through a self-closing, self-latching gate. Regularly inspect safety enclosures, pool alarms, and pool and spa covers are in proper working order.
6. Know how to perform CPR on children and adults.
We never know when accidents are going to happen, they're unpredictable by nature. Many times, in emergency situations, bystanders will be the first responders on the scene to aid a drowning victim. Learning CPR and maintaining CPR certification can help save lives. Information on registering in CPR classes is available through many hospitals, community centers, or by contacting the American Red Cross.
7. Take the Pledge!
Before heading to the pool or spa with your family, remember to take the Pool Safely Pledge. This online call to action is a reminder to stay safer around the water.
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