Safety in the Swimming Pool

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Blog

Swimming Pool Builders Brisbane promotes safe swimming. Drownings that happen in swimming pools are very preventable. Here are some important tips to keep you, your family, and your pets safe while using your swimming pool.

 

Learn how to swim. This is especially important for every member of a family who owns a swimming pool. Since the majority of recreational time will be spent in the water, learning how to swim is a key in preventing drowning. Go to your local pool and register your kids for swimming lessons.

 

Small children should swim with adults and should wear personal floatation devices like life jackets when in the water. If you allow your pets in the water, having a pet life jacket for your pet is important too.

 

Learn rescue and resuscitation. Anything can happen in and around the water so being prepared with life saving skills ahead of time is important. Everyone capable in the household should have training in resuscitation and life-saving skills.

 

Never leave children alone especially young children even for a few minutes. Always keep them under your supervision. In a study done by www.royallifesaving.com.au, they found that more than half of the children who had drowned in 2015 and 2016 did not have any supervision at all. Some were left for just a few minutes and tragic drowning happened. Always keep children within your arms’ reach. Even in shallow water, children should not be left unattended.

 

Have proper fencing installed around the pool with gates that cannot be opened without parental help. Always check to make sure all entrances to the pool are secured and that no locking mechanisms are faulty.

 

Swimming pool mechanisms must be safe for children. Make sure all the systems in place for filtration complies with safety standards for the nation. The suction for the filter shouldn’t be too strong as to trap and put children in danger.

 

Clean and maintain your pool properly. If the chemicals in the water are not properly balanced or if the swimming pool isn’t cleaned or maintained properly, bacteria and other harmful organisms can grow and negatively affect the health of you and your family. Always check the chemical levels of your swimming pool regularly (as directed by your swimming pool installer or product provider). Too much chemical or chlorine can be harmful so make sure the water is balanced.

 

Have safety floatation devices available and first aid tools readily available by the swimming pool. Everyone in the household and friends who come often should know where these are located in case of emergencies. Have emergency services phone numbers written and on hand or added as a contact on your phone. If possible, it might be handy to have a phone installed poolside. Any safety features required by law should be installed in and around the pool.

 

Make sure your swimming pool is up to date in safety measures required by the local, state, or federal governments. Ask your local pool builder about current laws regarding swimming pool safety. If you’re swimming pool had been built decades ago, it will most likely need to have updated safety and security measures in place.