When it's hot outside, there's nothing better than taking a refreshing dip in your backyard pool. Across America there are around 7 million homes with backyard swimming pools, which provide a great way to have fun and relax in the summer months. At the same time, we must be mindful of the dangers inherent to swimming pools.
Every year over 400 children down in backyard pools, and around 250 of those children are under age five. Right behind motor vehicle accidents, drowning is the second-leading cause of death for children in the United States. California does have a law on the books that requires fencing for pools, but let's elaborate a set of guidelines to make sure the pool is a secure environment for kids.
- No alcohol when kids are around - no one's judgment should be impaired.
- No diving boards unless there's a lifeguard on duty.
- Install alarms/motion sensors in case a child makes his or her way to the pool alone.
- Make sure the pool and/or hot tub have no features that could potentially entrap or entangle a swimmer.
- Check that the pool is properly maintained and the water is clear and clean.
- Maintain a proper chemical mixture for the pool's chlorination system.
- Stock first aid equipment in case of potential injuries.
- Always keep constant supervision over children.
- Learn CPR and rescue techniques.
If you make these rules a reality, you'll significantly lessen the risk of a tragedy occurring in or around the pool. Whenever you and your family decide to take a swim, make it a safe one.
Source: 365 Ways to Keep Kids Safe