Owning a pool means you can create some wonderful memories with your family, but it also means you have a big responsibility on your shoulders. Pools can be the cause of many bad memories if you don’t take the proper safety precautions.
Since May is National Water Safety Month (http://www.nationalwatersafetymonth.org/), you should take some time to make sure you’re doing all you can to prevent any accidents. Here are five tips to get you started:
- Check that all barriers, locks, doors, etc. to the pool are properly working. If anything needs maintenance or replacement, make it a priority to get these done, and inform family members and anyone who comes to your home about what’s not working so they’re aware of the situation.
- Remind your family (and friends) that no one is to be in or by the pool alone. Even if everyone in the pool knows how to swim, you never know what might happen. Also, don’t assume that someone else is watching your children, family, or friends who are in the pool; make sure you have a designated “watcher” if someone needs to go inside the house.
- Be prepared for accidents. You can take all the preventative measures in the world, but still not know how to deal with an accident if one occurred. Don’t be caught off-guard; make sure you have a medical kit nearby and that everyone knows to call 911 if there’s an emergency. Additionally, if you can learn CPR so you can administer it if need be, you’d be one step closer to saving someone’s life.
This summer, make sure that while you’re having fun in the water, you’re also doing it safely and responsibly. You’ll be able to rest assured that you’ll be making good memories while you’re preventing bad ones.