Many people who have home swimming pools underestimate the risks that can be related to the home pools. Due to the fact that many people do not follow basic safety rules, around 330 people drown in home swimming pools (according to National Safety Council).
In many cases people leave their children without attention when they swim in the home swimming pools, as they believe that nothing can happen there. Unfortunately, it has been proven that this is not the case.
Drowning (not only in the swimming pools) is considered to be the second cause of death of children aged 1-19.
In order to avoid any accidents below a few basic safety tips are presented that owners of home swimming pools need to follow.
Ensure the safety of your family members by following these basic 10 rules.
Home Swimming Pool Safety – Rule #1:
You need to secure your swimming pool with appropriate barriers. If your child does not know how to swim he/she can accidentally fall into the swimming pool. This is especially the case when you have children under the age of 3.
Home Swimming Pool Safety – Rule #2:
If your children are outside, check on them regularly to make sure that none of them has fallen into the pool.
Home Swimming Pool Safety – Rule #3:
In case someone from your family or friends present at the house, does not know how to swim or is not very good at it, never leave him/her without attention. Keep an eye mainly on children, but never forget about adults as well.
Home Swimming Pool Safety – Rule #4:
Buy several swimming rings or safety life vests and put them next to the swimming pool. In case you are not at home and your children decide to swim at least they will think of using some additional equipment for their own safety.
Home Swimming Pool Safety – Rule #5:
Pay attention to the quality of water. When swimming someone might swallow small portion of water, so it is required to make sure that the water used in the pool is not dangerous for health.
Home Swimming Pool Safety – Rule #6:
If your pool is not very deep, avoid diving headfirst. If you dive into water with high speed, you might not be able to control the situation and might hurt your head.
Home Swimming Pool Safety – Rule #7:
Always keep a first aid kit next to the pool. You need to be ready for any emergency situation; so having a first aid kit next to the home swimming pool will never be meaningless.
Home Swimming Pool Safety – Rule #8:
Make sure that all of your family members know how to swim. Teach your children to swim from a very young age and practice swimming with other family members if they are not very good at it.
Home Swimming Pool Safety – Rule #9:
Teach the younger family members not to swim without supervision of an adult. You can follow the Red Cross’s suggestions about how to teach your children the safety measures.
Home Swimming Pool Safety – Rule #10:
Keep a phone next to the pool and teach your family members (mainly the children) to call 911 in case of unexpected emergency and if there is no adult around.