Having a swimming pool on your property can be a great way to have fun for you and your entire family. Even though a pool can be fun, it can also be very dangerous if you have children around. You should wait until your kids are least 5 or older before you put a pool on your property. On the other hand, if you already have a swimming pool, there are ways that you can protect your children.
One thing you should always remember is to never, ever, allow your children to be alone near your pool. Children tend to be drawn near the water, and all it takes is a second for them to fall in the pool and for a tragedy to occur. If you are at the pool and you need to leave, even for just a second, you should always take your children with you! Children should always wear a life jacket or flotation device when in or around water.
To be on the safe side, you should always make sure that you have plenty of safety equipment around your pool at all times. Safety items are great to have around, and can save the life of a child or someone who can’t swim. You should also invest in a shepherds hook as well, as you can use it to pull someone out of the water. Always keep a phone nearby when you are at your pool so you can easily call for help in the event of an emergency.
If you have small children and don’t have a protective fence around your pool you should look into getting one. A protective fence surrounding your pool is a great idea to protect young children from falling into the water while not under your supervision.
Also, being certified in CPR is a great idea and may be needed when you least expected it. Even though you may not ever have to use it, it’s always great to know in the event of someone falling in your pool that is unable to swim. A second is all it takes to save someone’s life!
Always keep in mind that swimming is fun, although you should always think in terms of safety first. Once you have finished using your pool for day, make sure that you secure the area well – and lock up your protective fence and your main fence to be sure no one puts themselves in a dangerous situation.