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Swimming Pool Safety Tips to Keep You and Your Family Safe This Summer

Swimming Pool Safety Tips to Keep You and Your Family Safe This Summer

Here are a few pool safety tips for you and your family if you plan on purchasing a swimming pool or already have one:

  • Get every member of the family, including toddlers, swimming lessons so that they can learn how to swim.
  • Parents should learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) this could save your child’s life.  It may take a few minutes before Emergency Services to arrive to your house and doing CPR on your child may save his or her life.
  • If your child wants to swim or play in the water, always keep a close eye on them.
  • Parents should never be distracted while watching their child play in or around water.
  • If you have a pool, always fence it off.
  • Do use automatic latching devices on the gate.
  • Do buy a fence that is over 4 feet tall so that your child can’t climb over the fence and get into the pool.
  • Always add a lock to the fence latch so that children can’t access the pool.  This way children are unable to open the latch when they aren’t allow to swim.
  • Never allow your child to swim alone.
  • If your child uses a flotation device, always use a US Coastguard Approved life jacket.
  • Any adult that plans on swimming should avoid alcohol or drugs that impair judgement.
  • Teach your child not to hyperventilate or panic if they accidentally fall into the water or before swimming underwater.
  • Teach your child not to hold their breath under water for long periods of time, it can cause your child to pass out.
  • Never play with life saving equipment, it is for emergency use only.
  • Do keep a phone handy by the pool so that you can call 911 in the event of an emergency.

For pool builders Australia, and for more helpful tips for safety pools, visit Premier pools.


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20 responses to “Swimming Pool Safety Tips to Keep You and Your Family Safe This Summer”

  1. Pepper Tan Avatar

    A lot of accidents happen at the pool, so we should definitely do all we can to exercise caution. I had a cousin who once slipped and fell into the deep end of the pool. Luckily the lifeguard was quick to come to his rescue.

    1. Christy Avatar

      Yes, accidents do happen just like what happened to your cousin. I am always afraid of unmanned pools and watching young kids at the pool without any parents around.

  2. Rebel Sweetheart Avatar

    Great tips, Christy! Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye so it’s very important to be vigilant and mindful of the kids at all times.

    1. Christy Avatar

      Yes, I agree Rebel.

  3. April - My Bizarre Family Avatar

    Great tips, as always, Christy!

    1. Christy Avatar

      Thank you April, glad you enjoyed my tips. 🙂

  4. Nicole H Avatar

    Great tips! I’d also like to add, if you have a small child and lose track of him/her even for just a moment, check the pool first! My son fell in my mom’s pool when someone forgot to lock the top lock of the sliding door, and we thought he was in his uncle’s bedroom playing. He was fine! Thankfully! But only because my dad had the presence of mind to check the pool first when we noticed he was being “too quiet”

    1. Christy Avatar

      Great idea Nicole, thank you for sharing this important piece of information.

  5. Rob Avatar

    we are always safe in our pool.. when we have parties with allot of kids, we hire lifeguards.

    1. Christy Avatar

      That is an awesome idea, thank you for sharing. Especially, if alcohol is involved at the party.

  6. Deborah Avatar

    We got an above-ground pool for enjoying with our grandkids this summer. An adult always accompanies them. And, we put a lock on the back gate. Safety first.

    1. Christy Avatar

      Thank you for sharing your safety tips Deborah.

  7. Dov Shapira Avatar

    This is a great article, as a contractor I also post articles regarding swimming pool safety codes.

    1. Christy Avatar

      Awesome, you are welcome to share my post as well with your readers.

  8. Laurie Hagedorn Avatar

    Having a pool when my kids were little was fun, yet stressful. I remember calling the cops when one of the friends visiting during the winter was missing and I thought he might have fallen into the green pool. Thankfully he was only playing hide and seek and thought we were all playing, too!

    1. Christy Avatar

      I am thankful that he was safe and didn’t fall in the pool. But you are correct, even in the winter time you need to safeguard the pool too.

  9. Marian Avatar

    Great suggestions and your personal story helps to set-up the stage of what not to do! Thank you for your great suggestions and for telling your story!

    1. Christy Avatar

      Your welcome. 🙂

  10. Connie Seattle Mom Blogger Avatar

    Such great ideas! It’s never too early to start teaching kids about their world!

  11. Sarah Avatar

    Water safety is so important, you don’t even need to have a pool for kids to drown or “secondary drown”. It can be hard to get these messages across to kids but they need to know when it’s really important to take things seriously. The most important element is supervision – keep your eyes firmly trained on the little rascals!