Drownings are a preventable cause of death and injury for children. Putting proven safety behaviors and systems into practice can ensure you and your family will be much more secure in and around your pool.
It is recommended by the CPSC that you create a pool safety toolkit to have near your pool or spa to ensure that if the worst happens, you are ready to respond.
Pool Safety Toolkit Necessities
The following should be included in a pool safety toolkit for your home pool:
- A first aid kit
- A pair of scissors to cut hair, clothing or pool cover, if needed
- A charged portable telephone to call 911
- A flotation device
Staying Safe in Home Pools
The best way to assure a safe and fun experience in a home pool or spa is by adding as many water safety steps as possible. By adopting water safety steps at home pools and spas parents and families can build on their current safety practices. Here is a few additional safety tips to applied with the toolkit for ensuring the safety of your and your family.
Staying Close, Being Alert and Watching Children in and Around the Pool
- It is important to always watch your children when they are in or near a pool or spa.
- Teaching children basic water safety tips will better ensure safety practices.
- Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.
- Keep an easily accessible phone close by at all times when you or your family are using a pool or spa.
- If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first.
- Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors.
Learning and Practicing Water Safety Skills
- It is important to learn how to swim, as well as teach your child how to swim to better prevent an accident from occurring.
- Learning to perform CPR on children and adults, and updating those skills regularly is another way you can ensure the safety of your family.
- Understanding the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency will also ensure the safety of your family.
Having the Appropriate Equipment for Your Pool or Spa
- You can ensure the safety of you and your family by installing a permanent or removable fencing system around the pool or spa and using a self-closing and self-latching gate. Also, ask your neighbors to do the same with their pools.
- Installing and using a lockable safety cover on your spa will also better help prevent an accident from occurring.
- If your house serves a a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them. For additional protecting, install window guards on windows facing pools or spas.
- Install pool or gate alarms to alert you when your children go near the water.
- Ensure any pool or spa you use has compliant drain covers, and ask your pool service provider if you do not know.
- Maintain pool or spa covers in good working order.
- Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm.
For more information about creating a pool safety toolkit for your home, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Paradise Oasis Pools with the link below!