One of the most enjoyable summer activities in Georgia is going to the pool. People go to relax, cool off, and spend time with loved ones. While pools are a source of relaxation and fun, it is important to be careful at the pool. You run the risk of drowning or diving accidents. To make sure that pool time is always safe and enjoyable, it is important to adhere to the following safety rules.
- Enclose pools in effective fences with secure gates. This prevents children from entering the pool area without proper supervision. A safe fence should be at least four feet high, with no openings larger than four inches across. The gate should be self-closing and lock automatically, so that there is no risk that someone can accidently leave the pool enclosure open.
- Teach children to swim without help by age four. Even though you should never leave a child without supervision around a body of water, accidents do happen. Making sure that your child is comfortable around water and at the pool should be a priority.
- A certified lifeguard or another adult trained in CPR and first aid must be present at all times when the pool is being used. They should always be alert and attentive to swimmers.
- Learn to recognize the signs of drowning. Unlike on TV or in the movies, drowning is quiet, not dramatic. A person can drown in minutes.
- Even in the presence of a lifeguard, maintain a constant watch over your children. If your child has not yet fully mastered swimming, you should never be farther than an arm length away.
- Establish and enforce safety rules. You need to make the rules clear to children before they enter the pool area. These could include rules such as: no running, no diving in the shallow end, and no swimming alone.
- Make sure pool and drain covers comply with federal safety regulations. Sub-par pool covers and drains can cause serious accidents. You also need to maintain and replace parts regularly.
- Be prepared in case of emergencies. Teach children a safety plan in case there is an accident. Make sure very young children know how to call 911. Keep all safety and first aid equipment near the pool.
- Remember that pool hygiene is just as important as safety. Keep your pool clean and maintain proper chemical levels, circulation, and filtration. This minimizes risks of contamination and illness.
If you follow these safety rules, your family will be much more likely to have an accident-free and fun pool experience. While many pool accidents are truly accidents, sometimes they can be caused by the negligence of another person. If this is the case, contact Van Sant Law because you may have a case to hold them responsible for any damages or injuries. Call VanSant Law today and see how we can help you.