10 Tips for Pool Safety this Summer
Having a pool is one of the best ways to ensure your summer is full of laughter and good times. Nothing is better than lazy days spent around the pool. It’s a fantastic place to entertain and welcome family and friends, but is your pool a safe area to play this summer?
A pool on your property is a fabulous house addition that comes with a need for responsibility. You have to make sure that your pool is safe and secure, both for your own family and for any visitors. When you start cleaning your pool in preparation for all the summer fun, take a moment to consider the safety elements. Here are our ten tips for pool safety this summer:
#1 Never allow children to be in the pool area unsupervised
This is the number one hard and fast rule for pool safety. Terrifyingly, studies have shown that children can drown in as little as 3cm of water depth, so looking after them while they’re in a swimming pool is a vital task.
#2 Have a pool fence that meets Australian standard regulations
The best way to stop a child from getting unsupervised access to the pool is by having a secure pool fence. It’s illegal not to have one, and it must meet the Australian regulations to be considered safe. This includes height specifications, rules on where the latch is positioned, and not having any climbable objects nearby. Jim’s Fencing offers pool safety inspections, where they will come out and evaluate whether or not your fencing is compliant. They also issue pool safety certificates.
#3 Make sure there’s always someone nearby who can swim and who knows basic first aid
It’s essential to have someone supervising children in a swimming pool area who has knowledge of basic first aid because in the event of an emergency this can be the difference between life and death. A supervising adult must know how to swim at the very least. Having a first aid kit and someone trained in first-aid or CPR is highly advantageous. It will give everyone peace of mind, knowing there is someone qualified to help.
#4 Store pool chemicals safely
To clean your pool and keep it sparkling and beautiful, you need to use chlorine as well as other strong chemicals. These can be incredibly toxic to humans and animals. Make sure you never leave them lying around and instead store them in a hard-to-reach or locked cupboard.
#5 Teach pool safety to children as soon as possible
The best way to avoid disaster is early education, consistent rules and frequent reminders. As soon as a child is old enough to be in a swimming pool, they need to be taught basic pool safety. This includes basic rules such as no running around the pool and no going into the pool area unsupervised.
#6 Evaluate pool toys and diving boards regularly
Diving boards and pool toys can be a lot of fun, but it’s crucial to ensure that anyone using them know how to do so safely and that any diving equipment or pool toys are checked regularly. Pool toys or inflatables need to be examined for holes or signs of wear and tear that could cause these toys not to work as they should and potentially result in an accident.
#7 Stay sun safe
If you’re in an outdoor swimming pool, chances are it’s a sunny day. Although you should be using SPF cream every day, it’s critically important on sunny days in Australia. Ensure that you apply SPF cream regularly and reapply after a swim in a pool, as the water and chemicals can make your sunscreen less potent. When you’re not swimming, stay in the shade and wear sunglasses and a hat.
#8 Don’t swim at night unless there’s adequate lighting
Swimming can be hazardous in the dark. You may not be able to see the bottom or sides of the pool, or any sharp edges or obstacles nearby. Consider installing light in and around your swimming pool to improve safety in the pool area, built-in internal lights are great, but even bright garden lights can be helpful to illuminate the area.
#9 Stay hydrated, but no glass!
Hydration is important on hot days, particularly if you’re exercising. Always ensure you have drinking water available near the pool, but always avoid bringing glass into the pool area. Glass can be easily smashed near the pool and, in an area where people are often barefoot, this can be hazardous.
#10 Use common sense and have fun!
Australians love swimming pools! If you have access to a swimming pool – have fun and ensure those around you do too! Always ensure you are using common sense and following any pool rules laid out by the house owner because the host will be the one most aware of any hazards.