Swimming has many benefits other than fun recreation and enjoyment. Swimming can also promote health because it is a good exercise. Scientists have proven that swimming can help fight fast spreading problems of obesity in children. Swimming as exercise is also beneficial for adults because it develops a swimmer’s general strength, cardiovascular fitness and endurance. But this highly beneficial activity can turn into a disaster if you don’t pay attention to pool safety measures. According to the World Health Organization, drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death worldwide. So, be diligent about pool safety to avoid injury and death to you and your family while in a pool.
There are many things you should do to ensure safety in your swimming pool
Never let your youngster to swim alone. There’s always a chance that someone could develop a cramp underwater or accidently hit their head while diving. Adult supervision is must.
Everybody in your family should know how to swim. Make sure all kids above the age of 4 attend a certified swimming class, or at least learn basic flotation techniques and life saving techniques, in case of accidents. Children under age 4 should always be accompanied by their parent(s) or another adult.
In order to ensure pool safety for you and your family, you have to be very alert. Keep watch on your children and monitor their activities. Children should be supervised at all times and never left alone.
You can also integrate pool safety equipment to improve pool safety. Some of these safety features can be installed in a pool remodel. They are:
Enclose your pool with high fences that can be locked. Never leave your pool open and accessible to unsupervised children or uninvited guests.
Pool covers are important safety equipment and they are used to cover the pool’s surface. They are tightly harnessed across the pool to prevent children from crawling under it or falling into the pool.
Reaching poles are another type of safety equipments. Depending on the size of the pool, reaching poles should be installed at regular intervals so that they can be reached when they are needed to assist in rescue.
Pool alarms are available in several varieties. Perimeter pool alarm projection beams are installed on the walls of the pool. This type of pool alarm gives off a sound, when people pass through it. A surface pool alarm is mounted to monitor any movements in the water.
A personal alarm is very important safety equipment for children. It is worn on a child’s wrist and produces sound whenever the child comes in contact with water from a pool or bathtub.
Safety ropes can also be installed in the swimming pool for safety measures. The function of safety ropes or lines is to draw a boundary to warn swimmers not to go beyond a certain point. The safety ropes come with floatable objects to keep them above the water and are securely hooked at the edges of the pool.
Make sure that there are always life-saving floatation devices near the pool. Pool owners and family members should be trained in basic CPR techniques in the event an accident occurs.
By keeping these safety measures in mind, you can be assured your pool is a safe place for recreation and exercise.