For some people, you don’t have to go on a holiday to enjoy all the joys of swimming on a nice sunny day. Owning a pool of your own is a real luxury and a privilege. But assuming that nothing can go wrong with it is an easy way to end up in a serious accident. Here, we’ll look at some of the essentials for making your home swimming pool safer for your family.
Making sure the water is safe
Some people make the mistake of assuming that a swimming pool is always as good as the day it’s bought. But that’s not the case. Water stagnates, gets dirty and becomes dangerous to swim in. If you have a swimming pool, you need to be serious about maintaining it. From skimming debris to vacuuming and brushing the walls and tile. Checking and correcting the pH level and super chlorinating the pool is important for keeping the water safe to swim in as well.
The real risk of slipping
Almost any surface becomes a lot more slippery and a lot more dangerous when it’s wet. The immediate area surrounding the swimming pool needs to be treated like a high-risk area. It’s not enough to just tell everyone not to run on it. You can make it safer by reducing the amount of slipperiness yourself. Things like swimming pool mats are great for increasing the grip even on bare feet. You can get ones that are anti-microbial to prevent the growth of other health risks like bacteria and fungi, as well.
Keep the area secure
Besides the obvious ‘no running near the pool’, rules need to be established to make the pool a safer place to swim. Children shouldn’t be allowed to use it without supervision, for one. But it’s not only the kids at risk. No-one should be swimming in the pool if they’re the only one at the home. To keep the area more secure, you might even consider putting barriers around the swimming pool to make sure that no-one accidentally goes running into it. Most important, however, is educating yourself and your family of the risks involved around the pool.
Be ready for an emergency
An important part of that education is recognising that an emergency situation might arise at any time. It doesn’t take long for someone to be in real trouble of drowning. Besides making regular checks on anyone swimming in the pool, you should be ready to help any that is in danger. Consider taking a course on pool first aid, including essential steps like CPR and the safest way to help people from the water. Spread those lessons to the responsible members of the family so they know how to help in a crisis if you’re not there.
A swimming pool is emblematic of fun and relaxation. It shouldn’t be a risk factor, but it is. Make sure that you’re being smart about those risks. Both in knowing what to do as well as how to make it safer.