Water safety – guide to keep your pool safe and clean for your family
The water in your pool might be the biggest enemy of the people who swim in it if you don’t take the appropriate measurements. This article is going to present all the necessary steps you need to take one month before the summer season starts and you begin using your pool on a daily basis. It might seem complicated at first and it will involve some investments here and there, but it is surely cheaper and better than hiring someone to take care of your pool during the entire summer. These steps are presented thoroughly and sectioned on weeks so that you know when to start each of them. The better the quality of your pool water, the safer you will be and the better you will feel. This guide contains numerous pieces of advice on how to keep the pool’s surroundings safe for children, as they are the most at risk of drowning. Here are the steps you need to respect for safe swimming:
4 weeks before the summer season starts you must take some basic measurements to prepare the ground. First of all, if kids were around your backyard offseason, you must start by gathering all the toys and items around the pool area that are not in use any longer. Glasses or breakable items are not allowed near the pool. Remove vegetation that is too close to the pool area.
Next, you should install a mesh pool fence depending on the depth of your pool. The pool patio area and the pool itself must both be lit, and you can do that only when the pool is empty, so hurry in choosing a lighting method. Remove climbable objects that are near the pool to avoid accidents with children. Safety drain covers are great too if you afford to buy them now.
When only 3 weeks are left until you can use the pool, go ahead and set up a family rules plan. Even though this seems unnecessary at first, it will help avoiding numerous situations that can put the health of your family at risk. Ensure that everyone knows the rules and respects them whenever you use the pool. One of the rules you must include into your plan is to keep children away from the filter inlet.
The filter inlet can put children at danger by dragging them underwater. This is the time when you should book some swimming classes for your loved ones, in case they don’t know how to swim. Wearing protective floatation devices inside the pool is a must. As for your own protection, remember to evacuate the pool each time it is raining outside or a thunderstorm is approaching. Swimming alone is not encouraged and leaving children unattended is an unacceptable practice. Drowning victims are usually out of sight for less than four-five minutes.
This is the time when you should prepare the water inside the pool. Treating the water is absolutely necessary so that it is kept in good condition during the summer. The pool chemistry must be carefully checked at least 1 time per week. The pH of the water must be somewhere around 7.2 and 7.8. Any other value will affect your skin and eyes because the water becomes either acidic or alkaline. Find the right methods to treat your pool water and keep it in good condition whenever you are planning to use it. After treating the water, it is ready to use. That’s when you can start instructing children regarding the plan you previously created. Invest in toys that are specifically purposed for water play and don’t let children bring other sorts of objects here.
The season has come and you can start using your pool on a daily basis. This is where supervising occurs. You can either hire a nanny that can supervise the children or you can do it yourself. Learning some basic CPR methods and having a phone near the pool area is also a necessity. Leaving children unsupervised is not allowed, so one of the options must be selected at all costs. Moreover, even adults should swim with a friend and never alone. Pool floats can be very dangerous as well – life jackets are a better alternative for children who can’t swim.
Each time the pool is used, it must be cleaned beforehand. Skimming and brushing to pull out the debris is a condition before letting anyone inside the pool. When leaving the pool area, make sure that all the gates of your backyard, your safety covers, and your alarms are all working as supposed. You can learn more about the importance of this step later on. Pool covers are useful during night time so that the water stays clean and foreign bodies do not go into it.
The silent threat in your backyard
Pools can be very dangerous if you don’t take into account the advice found in this article. Both cleaning the pool and keeping the area safe are just as important for your family’s health. Children aged between 1 and 14 are the most at risk of drowning, even if all the conditions above are respected. High vigilance during surveillance is the only thing that can ensure their safety. 60% of parents don’t consider drowning a threat if the water is not deep.
In fact, drowning can occur under five minutes, regardless of the water’s depth in a pool. Swimming lessons reduce the risk of drowning by 90%. The layers of protection that are completely required to ensure a safe pool area are: supervising, safety fences, locks, and alarms and learning CPR. The lack of any of these increases the chance of people to drown. A considerable part of drowning deaths occurs in the backyard pool during summer. As you may notice, parental supervising is the first condition of ensured protection. Next, get informed about off-season pool care to keep it in good shape during the winter.