The last couple of years has seen a tremendous population increase globally. With the depletion of the ozone layer, a dive in the pool once in a while has become a necessity for many due to the heat rush. Overcrowding and insecurity in public beaches and pools is, however, making it difficult for most people to enjoy swimming which has led to a majority opting to bring up pools in their residential homes.
Backyard pools are a thrill to have, they should, however, be put up after a lot of thought and review of the dangers that might come up if safety measures are not put up. Some of these measures include;
- Use barriers
Most local states have put up having barriers as a federal requirement around the pool parameter. This helps to keep off trespassers from using the pool without authorization. Such include children and teenagers from the neighborhood.
- Every child should swim under the supervision of a swimming pool expert.
Research shows that over 2000 children die each year from drowning. This happens after they have a swim without supervision or having supervision from a person who cannot swim. Ensure all the individuals in the house have undergone swimming classes according to their age level, and that the adults are well trained in CPR. This ensures that in the event of an accident, there is first aid being performed before the medics arrive.
- Have pool signs put up at every entrance to the pool.
- When the pool is not in use, or when there is not an expert in the swimming pool area, it is mandatory the adults or parents remove every destruction from the pool area. These include the toys or shiny objects that may attract the children towards the pool.
- Ensure that your pool is in epic condition. Clean it regularly, measure the ph level of the water and ensure that the chemical levels balance to avoid diseases and rushes, check if the filter is in good working condition and that the circulation in the water is good. Have a health officer check on the pool regularly.
- Make a point to repair any damaged area around the pool such as uneven ground due to cracked tiles. Use tiles that are rough to avoid slipping and falling. Remove every object that might cause tripping.
- The pool owners should put up rules for the pool and make a point to enforce them. Rules such as no running, no diving and no going to the pool unsupervised, no alcohol around or in the pool are good examples.
- Use pool covers when the pool is not in use. This helps to prevent accidents and trespassers.
- They should also avoid swimming in the rain or storm. Lightning strikes are very dangerous, especially when in contact with water.
- No matter how old they are, they should never swim alone. Let there be another person nearby. Accidents happen.
- When swimming he/she should be aware of the depth of the pool. This is important in that one might get tired and being in the deep end could be dangerous for swimmers who are not experts.
- Ensure to use sunscreen for the hot weather to avoid sunburns and long-term effects such as skin cancer.
Pools are known to increase the value of homes. However, having a lawsuit from an accident that occurred in your home, or unending medical bills is a greater loss to bear. Have safety measures set up around your pool; Accidents are inevitable and can occur even after all measures have been put in place. Therefore, have your pool, your home, and the entire family insured.