Swimming is one of Canada’s favorite summer activities. With over 300,000 backyard pools in Quebec alone, it’s easy to see that swimming tops the list of fun activities for people of all ages. With that in mind, swimming pool safety is a crucial part of enjoying your summer in the water. Here are a few helpful tips to keep everybody safe when taking the plunge.
Stay Close, Be Alert
The easiest tip to follow (and possible the easiest one to ignore) is to watch the pool when it’s in use, especially with children. Nearly all accidents can be prevented if swimmers are supervised and reminded to follow the basic rules. Discourage people from horsing around on the deck and remind them to slow down if they run around the pool. If it’s a residential pool, the safety of the swimmers is ultimately up to the owner. You never know when an accident will strike, so it’s important to take pool safety seriously. It’s highly recommended to have a phone nearby in case of emergency for immediate action.
Learn How to Perform CPR
If you really want to bolster the amount you can do as an individual for pool safety, it’s always beneficial to know how to swim and to know the basics of CPR. CPR certification isn’t difficult to accomplish nowadays, and many programs exist to train and certify citizens. Having at least one certified person around when the pool is in use will definitely help in the case of an emergency, as ambulances can only reach your household so quickly.
Keep Your Pool Healthy and Properly Maintained
Keeping your pool in working order is vital to swimming pool safety. For residential pools, ensure that your pool has proper drain covers. Be sure to follow any instructions given by your pool service provider in order to meet any health requirements and standards. If the pool needs maintenance, have it taken care of quickly by a company like Imperial Paddock Pools Ltd. Keep all toys out of the pool when the pool is not in use and make sure to keep ALL appliances away from the pool area. It’s also recommended to install a 4-foot (or taller) fence around your pool and use self-closing gates. Having a lockable safety cover is also essential.
If you’re using a public pool, it’s important to teach children the importance of showering before and after pool use and be sure to apply sunblock before entering the water for prolonged periods of time, as sunburns can happen regardless of whether you’re in or out of the water.