Safety Tips for Summer Swimming
Regardless of our swimming abilities, many of us beat the heat in our backyard swimming pool as summer temperatures climb. If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard pool, you’ll know it’s great for a refreshing dip without climbing over people at the beach. Even so, all swimming pools can present a danger, especially to children. To keep your family safe this summer, check out these swimming pool safety tips.
The following safety tips can help to prevent accidents:
- Install a fence (at least 4 feet high) around the entire pool area with a gate that self-latches and self-locks. Never leave furniture close enough to the fence to allow children to climb over.
- Cover your drain with a safety guard, tie up long hair before swimming, and teach children to stay away from drains and filters. The powerful suction of a pool drain can trap a child underwater.
- Put up emergency numbers and CPR instructions in the pool area. Ensure there is always a first aid kit nearby and floatation devices.
- Sign your children up for swimming lessons and consider having older teens take a course in basic first aid and CPR.
- Always supervise children when they are in or around the pool area.
- Keep the pool area clear of glass items, electrical devices, and obstacles that could cause a fall.
If you are planning to install a pool on your property, it is important to consider the insurance implications as well as safety issues. A pool will undoubtedly increase your liability risk. Contact your insurance agency to be sure your homeowners insurance policy provides enough additional liability coverage. If your pool will be costly, this may mean you will have to increase your coverage to protect your pool if it is damaged in a storm or otherwise.
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