May is National Water Safety Month and simple swimming pool safety tips can save lives. Educating ourselves on how to use the pool safely this summer can reduce drowning, entrapments, and other harmful swimming accidents from occurring. You, your friends and your family can make the pool a safer place by adopting the following simple swimming safety tips:
- Stay nearby, be alert and watch your children near the swimming pool. Never leave children unattended near a pool or spa.
- Keep children away from pool drains, skimmers, or other openings in or around the pool. Make sure all pools and spas have proper drain covers before entering the water.
- Have a phone nearby in case of emergencies and if a person goes missing, always check the pool first.
- If you aren’t a strong swimmer as an adult, take a swimming class. You’d be surprised how many adults are brushing up on their swimming skills; the skills you learn could help save a life!
- Learn how to perform CPR the proper way on children and the proper way on adults; they’re different!
- Have appropriate life-saving pool safety equipment such as life rings or reaching poles available for pool guests’ use.
- Install pool gates that are self-latching or self-closing.
Encourage the use of these swimming safety tips in and around the pool and spa. Educate friends, family and neighbors about the importance of constant supervision of children while they are near or in the swimming pool or spa. Practice adult supervision, install or purchase the right pool safety equipment, avoid entrapment and learn life-saving skills and you will be prepared for a summer full of safe swimming!