Being well-versed in the necessary pool safety procedures could mean the difference between life and death in case of an incident. As a pool owner, it could also help you avoid a lot of legal drama if an incident borne from negligence on your part results in the injury or death of an individual. Swimming is a fun recreational activity for people of all ages and also a fantastic way to maintain bodily fitness and optimum health. However, by not observing the necessary pool safety procedures, you could be signing up for a whole lot of trouble.
There are important swimming pool safety guidelines that every pool owner and/or swimmer should be familiar with. While most of them seem obvious, many of us find ourselves ignoring one or two of these safety procedures, especially those that seem “trivial”. To be on the safe side, the following list of pool safety guidelines should give you an idea of what is expected from both the pool owner and the swimmer in and around the swimming pool area.
- Invest in good swimming lessons especially for your children. Ensure that they learn the proper way to swim from an early age as this will help them develop their skills significantly and be more proficient swimmers as they grow up thereby minimizing the risk of drowning.
- Ensure that there is constant supervision from a certified life guard, trainer or adult with good swimming skills. In the event of an emergency, the presence of a supervisor who can navigate the waters quickly enough to access a person in distress could save that person’s life or even prevent any significant injury.
- Always have the proper pool equipment around the pool area. These include Coast-Guard approved life jackets, life rings attached to long ropes, a fiberglass shepherd pole and a well-equipped first aid kit. Ensure that the supervising adult knows how to use all of the mentioned equipment in order to reduce reaction times and improve chances of survival in case of an emergency.
- The pool owner should ensure that the poolside area is free from obstacles that might cause the swimmers to trip and fall or cause injuries to themselves in any way. Pool covers should be placed well out of the way and the ropes tied neatly to avoid anyone getting entangled in them.
- Swimmers should not be allowed to enter the pool from anywhere other than the shallow end. Moreover, if the pool has a depth of 1.5 meters or less, diving should be restricted at all costs.
- It is the responsibility of the pool owner to ensure that the pool side has a functioning alarm system to alert other swimmers in case of an emergency. These may include a PA system or a bell. Also, the poolside should have a functioning telephone which may be required to dial for emergency services in the event of a pool incident.
- Pool attendants/supervisors should enforce a strict “No Running” rule around the pool area due to the very slippery surface surrounding the pool.
- Every pool area should be bordered by an appropriate barrier with lockable entries placed beyond the reach of children. Also, no child should be allowed into the swimming area without adult supervision.
In addition to adhering to these rules and regulations, being well versed in CPR is also advisable as the skills will come in handy in the event of an emergency. Swimming pool owners should also restrict the entry of unsupervised toddlers or intoxicated individuals from the pool for obvious reasons.