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Top 10 Tips For A Safer Swimming Pool

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  1. No kids swim alone. Make it clear from the very first day your pool is open that there never is an exception to the rule that adult supervision must be present for children to swim. Pools are the leading cause of death for children 5 and younger and many of the accidents occurred because the child momentarily got away from a supervising adult.
  2. Adults should learn CPR. It's a good idea if all adults in the home learn CPR, but at the very least, any adult who might act as the supervisor at the pool should know CPR. In the event of an emergency you don't want to be forced to wait until emergency responders arrive.
  3. Post pool rules. It's a good idea to have a sign made with your home's basic pool rules, which should include no running or diving from the shallow end, among other items. Keep the rules in an area that can be easily spotted and ask visitors to read the rules out loud before the first time they use the pool.
  4. Keep proper safety vests. It's a good idea to have safety vests for younger swims, but don't bring out any air-filled inflatable arm rings or toys that kids are supposed to ride. These toys can get torn or ruptured very easily.
  5. Install a pool alarm. There are several kinds to choose from. The idea is to have an alarm that will sound if anyone gets in the pool when no one is around. The alarm sit on the edge of the water and go off with the slightest wave action, or there are alarms that sense motion in the pool and sound an alarm when something heavier than 5 pounds enters the pool.
  6. Use a pool safety fence. These fences automatically lock when they are closed and are attached to strong metal rods that are placed in the pool decking. The fence is often made of a strong mesh material that resists climbing attempts and cannot be easily torn. The fence can quickly be put into place when swimming is done for the day and installed in just a few minutes the next time someone is ready to swim.
  7. Also install a conventional fence. This fence will generally cordon off the pool area from the home and should include a locking gate. Fences are required in many jurisdictions as a way to minimize accidents - both involving members of the household and neighbors who may be enticed by the swimming pool.
  8. Keep a first-aid kit nearby. It's important to be prepared in the event of an accident. A complete first-aid kit can be crucial if someone sustains a fairly serious injury while slipping or falling onto the hard concrete surrounding the pool.
  9. Install steps and railing. It's not difficult to include steps and railing either during the construction of your swimming pool or after the fact. Rails by the steps and in a few other locations can be life-savers for the elderly or disabled.
  10. Use 'touch' supervision with toddlers. If an infant or toddler is in the pool, an adult should never be beyond an arm's length away at all times.

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