Summer is coming to an end and now more than ever, you need to keep yourself and your
loved ones safe from the dangers of swimming pools. As the cooler weather sets
in, swimming pools become less used although just as dangerous when the proper
safety measures are not observed. It is imperative that you keep observing pool
safety practices in addition to employing some new practices to ensure that
everyone stays safe even when the pool is not in use.
Fall is now in full swing and people are beginning to shy away from swimming as the
weather gets cooler and cooler. As much as public swimming pools are risky,
they do not compare to the dangerous nature of private backyard pools especially
during the fall and the winter. Most people fail to observe the necessary
preventative measures to ensure that no accidents occur during these two
Unfortunately,children are the most common victims of fatal backyard pool accidents. Negligence
plays a huge part in the occurrence of these tragic incidences. To put things
in perspective, a total of 137 children below 15 years old drowned this summer
alone according to the CPSC.
The ominous risk of drowning doubles every time children are left unsupervised in
swimming pools or if the swimming pool area is not safe for kids. Other than
drowning, the slippery poolside area and contaminated pool water remain two
prevalent causes of swimming pool injuries and ailments.
1. Pool Covers
The topic of pool covers is still a controversial one owing to the fact that they
have contributed to a large number of drowning incidences. Although primarily
used to cover the pool in order to prevent contamination from debris (such as
falling leaves during autumn), some can actually minimize the risk of drowning.
There are three types of pool covers:
- Solar pool covers
- Winter pool covers
- Safety pool covers
People often make the mistake of thinking that all types of pool covers can serve both
purposes when in fact the safety pool covers are the best suited for preventing
drowning during the fall. Ideally, a winter pool cover is recommended for the
chilly winter period.
Fencing the area around the pool is a great way to prevent accidents involving children
under the age of 5 years old. As advised by PoolSafely.gov,
the fence should be fairly automated with self-latching gates and alarms
that go off when the gates are opened without an adult’s knowledge.
3. Pool Drains
A number of tragic pool accidents occur as a result of uncovered pool drains.
Investing in a quality anti-entrapment covers is a wise move that will protect
the swimmers from the strong suction power of the drain.
4. Swimming Lessons
It goes without saying that good swimming skills are a necessary preventative
measure against drowning. Ensure that every member of your family gets the
necessary training from a certified swimming instructor.
5. First Aid Skills
CPR is easy to learn and a crucial skill in times of tragedy. Teaching even the youngest
members of your family the basic first aid techniques is an important step
towards minimizing the risk of tragedy occurring in your backyard swimming
Remember, adult supervision should always be present whenever there are people in the swimming
pool. Keep those first aid skills sharpened and those emergency contacts ready
at all times.