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Swimming is fabulous for so many things like fitness, relaxation, and entertainment. Whether you have your own backyard swimming pool or visit your local community pool, there are several pool safety tips that you should always keep in mind:
1) Teach Children to Swim
Make sure your children at least know the swimming basics like how to float and how to tread water. Teach them to stay away from the drains and never leave children unattended in or near the water.
2) Install Covers and Barriers
If you have a pool at your home you should install proper fences, barriers, alarms and covers as these can all be lifesaving devices. Fences should be at least four feet high and not climbable by children. Install a door alarm from the house to the pool area, and keep pool and spa covers in working order.
3) Learn CPR
CPR classes are available through many hospitals, community centers, or by contacting the American Red Cross and you should get CPR certified because bystanders are often the first on the scene to aid drowning victims. Be sure to learn how to do CPR on both adults and children and keep your certification current once you do get certified.
4) Check Drain Covers
The Pool and Spa Safety Act requires all public pools and spas to have drain grates or covers that meet safety standards to avoid suction injuries and incidents that can trap children or even adults in the powerful suction from a pool or spa drain. If you’re swimming at a public pool they should have a compliance certificate on display. Although drain grates or covers may not be required for private pools, it’s much safer to have them in place.
5) Pool Inspection
Public pools and spas must be inspected but it’s always a good idea to have your personal pool inspected as well. Pool inspections check to see whether the swimming pool is in compliance with all safety regulations and will provide details on any changes necessary to become compliant. Additionally, if you’re buying or selling a home with a pool, then a pool inspection will verify that the swimming pool is safe and in compliance.