A Homeowner's Guide to Proper Pool Safety
There's no better way to beat the summer heat than by lounging in the pool, but it's also important to prioritize safety. Here are our tips for having a fun and safe time in your pool.
The COVID-19 pandemic has not only changed our daily routines, it's changed our spending habits. USA today recently reported how more families are purchasing pools and sprinklers this summer as they anticipate spending more time at home.
Of course, purchasing a pool - no matter if it's inflatable, above ground or inground - is no small commitment. Whether you have a watery oasis in your backyard currently or are thinking of purchasing one this season, here are some important things to keep in mind to stay safe while you have fun.
Take the time for swim lessons
A backyard pool can provide endless summer fun for the whole family, but it's important to ensure everyone knows how to swim and what to do in an emergency. According to American Red Cross, nearly 70% of young children who drown were not expected to be in or near water. While being vigilant is a must with small children and pools, you should also teach them how to swim and what to do if they fall into the water.
If it's not practical to have a swim instructor over right now, take the time to ensure your kids know the rules of the pool and other safety measures.
Invest in a fence
If you have an inground pool, having a fence around it is likely mandatory. However, you should also invest in a barrier no matter what style pool you own. According to Safety.com, a fence around a pool should be at least four feet high with slats that a small child would be unable to fit through. This is why chain-link fencing is preferred around inground pools.
Additionally, whenever your pool is not in use it's best to place a secure cover over it and lock the surrounding fence. This ensures that no child will accidentally wander near the pool when you're not supervising them.
A pool can provide endless fun for the entire family, but it's important to prioritize safety before diving in.
Properly cover drains
Something that many homeowners may overlook is a pool's drainage. However, the filters and drains can create enough underwater suction to seriously trap even a strong swimmer or the arm of a curious child. Invest in an anti-entrapment drain or filter cover to ensure all swimmers will be safe when it's time to jump in.
Avoid swimming solo
Finally, it's important to always swim with a buddy (or at least have someone nearby monitoring the situation). Yes, this goes for adult swimmers as well. You never know when an accident may occur, and a medical emergency, a slip and fall or a bad dive in the pool inherently more dangerous when there is no one there to help you. If you have children, always ensure there's an adult supervising them, and even if you're a strong swimmer, always make sure someone else knows you are taking a dip.
If you're thinking about purchasing a pool this summer and are looking for financing options*, contact your local Vectra Bank representative today.
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