Responsible pool owners discuss swimming pool safety rules with their families and guests early in the year to create a safe swimming pool environment and get the pool season off to a good start. However, just as important as that first rule review is, a mid- to late-season refresher is just as critical and helps ensure that the pool season wraps up without incident.
Here are swimming pool safety best practices you should share with anyone who uses your pool:
- No diving. Help prevent head and neck injuries by requiring that everyone enters the pool using the steps or ladder, or by jumping in feet first. While that Olympic-caliber dive may look beautiful and feel exhilarating, it can be very dangerous.
- No running on the pool deck. Slipping and falling can lead to a wide range of completely avoidable injuries like scrapes, bruises, broken bones, and concussions. It’s tempting to chase after a friend or to hurry into or out of the pool for one reason or another, but the faster you are moving the higher your risk of injury.
- No unsupervised swimming or wading by children. The risk of drowning increases dramatically when young people swim without older teen or adult supervision. And it doesn’t matter if a child is actually swimming or just “wading” in the shallow end, it should all be done under the watchful eye of someone qualified to rescue them.
- Babies and toddlers must wear plastic pants over diapers. Not all swimming risks are related to injury. Illnesses contracted through contact with bodily waste can have just as big an impact on pool users. Ensuring that your pool water is clean and free of pathogens is critical.
- No glass items near the pool. Bits of broken glass in a pool can cause serious injuries and are very difficult to remove. Be sure anything made of glass is kept well away from the pool.
Seeing to it that these rules are understood and followed can help ensure a fun and safe pool season.
Other Pool Safety Suggestions
In addition to requiring that family members and guests follow your pool rules, there are other steps you can take to increase the safety of your pool. Many of them involve preventing children and pets from accessing the pool unsupervised. Having a fence with a locked or child-proof gate latch is one of these measures. Another is having an alarm on the gate or in the pool itself to alert you if someone has entered the area or gotten into the pool.
The best pool safety measure is to have an automatic pool safety cover. The ability to cover the pool tightly and securely with the flip of a switch will help ensure that children and pets can’t access it, and give you tremendous peace of mind.
Pool Safety Doesn't Have to Interfere with Fun
Following a few, common sense safety rules can help protect pool users from harm and pool owners from legal liability. And once the rules are put into practice, they become second nature. Happy (and safe) swimming!