May is National Water Safety Month, and we’ve already talked about some key steps to keeping your pool safe. Those tips include being vigilant by the pool, keeping emergency numbers and kits nearby, and ensuring your perimeter fence is well maintained and up to code. Since it is so important to make sure all swimmers and guests in your pool area are safe, Gizmo, our safety mascot, asked us to share some ideas on how to keep our four legged friends safe around the pool too. Since dogs seem to be the real lovers of water, let’s focus on them first. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you and your pup are hanging out by the water.
Welcome to National Water Safety Month! Each year Pool Scouts will spend the month of May talking about how we, as pool owners, can keep our backyards safe for family, friends and neighbors. Last year we introduced Gizmo, our Pool Safety Mascot, and he is back to offer up more advice. Part of my job here at Pool Scouts is to keep up with events and activities within the industry. Because of that, I am all too familiar with the statistics that are associated with the dangers of pools. It seems like every day I read about another drowning that could have been avoided with a few simple steps. So let’s get to them so we can focus on enjoying our pools! SECURE THE PERIMETER Ensure that the perimeter around your pool is secure and up to state requirements! This means that in some states, fences and gates should be at least than 5ft high and latches should be located on the inside of the gate. Your fence is the first line of defense to keeping your pool safe. Whether it is the yard fence or a life fence, making sure it is in good condition is so important. SUPERVISE AND REMOVE TEMPTATIONS The best way to keep all swimmers safe is to be a responsible observer. Keeping a watchful, undistracted eye on swimmers is key. Pool goers of all ages are susceptible to getting into trouble, leaving anyone unmonitored for any amount of time could make a difference. Additionally, be sure to remove all pool tools and floats from the pool and store in a secure place. These items are too tempting to little children to reach out and try to grab. BE PREPARED Should you find yourself faced with a swimmer in trouble, time is of the essence. Be sure to keep the pool area and those in charge of watching swimmers, prepared:
- Keep safety equipment readily available: pool hook, flotation devices and first aid kit (equipped with scissors to cut hair or clothes that may get stuck in filter suction)
- Post emergency phone numbers in the pool area and keep a phone within arm’s reach
- Be up to date on CPR certification. The organization CPR Party make it easy and fun to get and stay certified