Residential swimming pools are a great way to relax, have fun, and spend time with your family. However, especially for small children, they can be very dangerous if they’re not used correctly. In fact, drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children two to four years old. The saddest part of that statistic is that most of these deaths could have been prevented by taking relatively simple safety precautions. Use the following tips to help keep your little swimmers safe while they enjoy your residential pool.
1. Never allow children to swim without an adult.
If an adult is nearby, children are far less likely to harm themselves while in the swimming pool.Participate in pool play time and create a family togetherness activity while also being safe.
Sometimes children use a pool when the owner is not around. This can be a serious problem because even their parents may not know that they’re using the pool. To prevent this, incorporate fencing into your backyard. You should also use pool covers when you’re not using pool.
3. Get CPR training.
If there is a drowning incident, you need to know what to do. CPR training can help you and loved ones in an emergency situation. Be sure to get training specifically for children and infants as well as adults.
Swimming lessons teaches your child an important life skill. It also provides fun and socialization. Making sure that your child knows how to swim, and knows when they might be in danger, is an important step to maintaining safety.
5. Design your pool with safety in mind.
If you are considering adding a pool to your property, you do not have to choose just any old pool design. You can create a unique design that works for your family and focuses on safety. That could mean adding additional ladders, islands, or very shallow parts of the pool.
Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches knows that safety is important to you, and we want to help you create a space that is not only fun for your whole family, but also safe. Give us a call at (561) 203-0270 for a free consultation or for more information.