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Safety Tips for the Swimming Pool
Pools are a great source of comfort n the hot days of summer. Nothing beats jumping in the cool water after mowing the lawn, sunbathing, or kids just playing in the yard. But safety in and around the pool is a must for all families and pool owners. Approximately 4,200 people go to the emergency room every year due to pool or spa-related injuries. Following are some safety tests and useful information that the UL recommends.
POOL SAFETY AT HOME
· If you have a pool at home, install a fence. The fence should be at least four feet high and have a self-closing, self-latching gate that has a locking mechanism beyond a child’s reach.
· Cut overhanging tree limbs and remove chairs or ladders from the pool area to prevent children from climbing over the fence that surrounds the pool.
· Keep grates and drain covers in good repair and secured in place. Instruct your family and guests to stay away from these devices, as the suction from drain outlets can be strong enough to cause entrapment of hair or body parts, which can potentially cause a person to drown. Having a safety drain cover installed is highly recommended.
· Make sure you know infant and child CPR if you own a pool.
· Only swim in pool water with balanced chemicals check your pool water regularly (weekly during the swim season) and keep chemicals in balance. High Chlorine or high pH can lead to red eyes.
BE SAFETY SMART WHILE SWIMMING
· Supervision is a must. Follow the 10/20 rule when you’re at the pool. The 10/20 rule states the supervising adult needs to position themselves to be able to scan the pool every 10 seconds, and reach the water within 20 seconds.
· Always have rescue devices, such as UL-LISTED life preservers, nearby.
· Flotation devices, toys and inflatable swimming aids are not safety devices. They are toys and can easily puncture and deflate.
· Always drain wading pools after children are done playing. Infants can drown in just a few inches of water.
· Have a telephone nearby and appropriate emergency numbers posted.
· Remove all toys when you leave the pool. Toys may attract children to the unattended pool.