You wan to make your pool the safest area on your property. Accidental drownings need not happen as regularly as they do. The death of someone in your pool is usually twice the devastation of the death of someone at a beach because the dreaded water is owned by you. Here are some things to know about making your pool the safest in the neighborhood.
Learn to Swim
It doesn’t seem like it takes much to avoid drowning by swimming. Even if you’ve never been in the water before, surely you’ve seen swimming done in movies or on TV. It’s not rocket science and you don’t have to fight the undertow. Make sure that everyone in your family learns to swim as very young children. The quicker they learn to swim the more you reduce the chance of drowning.
Don’t Change the Underwater Lighting System Yourself
Bet you never even gave thought to the idea that underwater light bulbs in a swimming pool need changing. Or maybe you thought it was only done when the pool was drained. Changing the lighting fixtures beneath the surface of the water should be done a pro. He needs the money and you need to breathe.
Institute a No-Diving Rule
Yeah, you’ll be called the Pope of Poolside Fun if you include a codicil in your pool use agreement that calls for no diving. Be the bad guy in this case. If you want to allow diving, then paint the poolside two contrasting colors. The deep side where you allow swimming could be painted cautious yellow while the shallow side is emergency room red.
Place Your First Aid Kit Next to the Pool
What’s that I hear you whispering? You don’t even own a first aid kit anywhere in the house. Then you, dear reader, are nothing but an idiot. The number one site for accidents calling for first aid is the family home. And the swimming pool only ups the probability of using that first aid kit. Your poolside first aid kit should include all the things you would find in a standard first aid kit, but with the addition of things like waterproof bandages, bug bite treatments and pills to deal with a swimmer’s allergy to chlorine.
Learn CPR Family Style
Someone should make a law that states no family can build a pool until after every member of the household above the age of 5 knows how to perform CPR. The sacrifice of a few hours of your time can mean the different between a family of four and a family of three.
Grab a handful of flotation devices from rafts to Mae Wests to deal with those who aren’t exactly born with flippers and a dorsal tail. A ring buoy and a hooked pole long enough to reach dead center of the pool from anywhere around it are just some of the things that can make your swimming pool safer.