Warm weather is synonymous with swimming and fun! However, it is important to review the safety precautions each year, especially if you have young children. If you’ll be swimming at a lake or at a beach, choose a safe and supervised area.
What precautions should be taken around a swimming pool?
First, some rules are more obvious than others. Avoid using glass containers near the pool. Do not run around the pool. Make sure to lock the gate door after and between swims, etc. It is also very important not to leave toys or floatables in the water. A child may be tempted to collect them.
Here’s how to increase safety and vigilance.
- Watch inexperienced children and swimmers at all times. Make sure those who need them wear flotation devices (however, be aware that swimming aids such as floats are not designed to save lives, so monitoring is essential).
- Install a fence that is at least 1.2 meters high, with a door that automatically closes and locks (ask your pool specialist or your municipality for details).
- Make sure that there are no climbable objects along the outside perimeter of the fence that could enable a child to climb over it.
- Keep life-saving equipment nearby.
- Sign yourself and your family members up for boating safety, rescue or swimming lessons.
Swimming pools are a big part of the summer season and great. There are nevertheless many precautions you need to take to prevent common summer ailments, like sunburns and swimmer’s ear. We encourage you to properly educate and prepare yourself to enjoy the sunshine to its fullest. Have a great summer!