Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Safety Around Pools

Since we have enrolled AA in the ISR self-rescue swim survival lessons, I thought I would write about pool safety. The ISR lessons are for a baby/child to survive falling into any body of water but pools are so common especially in Florida that I thought I would pass on a web site I love for it's root causes tools.
We use these "Think Reliability" tools at work and I was happy to see they have a free one on their web site on pool safety.
I hope you will download their free cause map and implement the pool safety tips.


1) Control access to the pool by using a self-latching, self-locking fence that is at least 4′ tall, that can’t be climbed. Ensure the doors open outward from the pool and have a latch out of children’s reach. Use a safety cover when the pool is not in use.
2) Employ drain safety devices such as pumps that shut off automatically when the pipes are obstructed.
3) Keep children within arm’s reach when near a pool. Don’t put in a pool for your family until your children are at least 5.
4) Keep lifesaving equipment near the pool, including a hook and an approved life-saving flotation device.
5) Don’t drink & swim, and don’t let those who have consumed alcohol near the pool.
6) Take your whole family to swimming lessons.
7) Never swim alone. Don’t let anybody else swim alone.
8) Use a pool alarm that senses water motion to determine if someone has entered the pool. Make sure it is always turned on when the pool is not in use.
9) If a child is missing, look first in the pool (most children who drown are found after 10 minutes).
10) Keep a telephone, and emergency numbers, near the pool at all times.
11) Check the water depth before diving, or don’t allow diving in your pool.
12) Learn CPR. Take your whole family (when they’re old enough) to CPR lessons, too.
13) Don’t allow running near the pool.
14) Use an absorbent material to surround the pool.
15) Use rough material around the pool (such as cement instead of tile).
16) Stay out of the pool during rain or lightning storms.
17) Keep electrical appliances away from the pool (they can cause electrocution even if they are not turned on).

Let me know if you have any others to add! Enjoy fun water activities safely!


T n' W said...

Great post. Looks like we are on the same page today. I've been looking at fencing ALL day. We already have a fence up to the pool, but it's been there a while and has a few loose wood panels, so we are replacing it. Having a hard time deciding between aluminum or bamboo!

Nina said...

Thanks for all of those important reminders!

Mama Duck said...

Good tips to keep in mind; our neighbor lets us swim in their pool in the summertime.

Vivian M said...

Great post- especially in Florida where there is water everywhere and almost everyone has a pool!

Donna said...

Excellent suggestions! We recently had a "little pool" (aka large spa) constructed at our house. Our girls will be 5 this summer and we have several layers of safety rules in place. One of the best things we did was have the pool/spa 18 inches above the ground. This makes it almost impossible for someone to accidentally fall in. If we ever installed another pool or spa, we'd probably do this. It also really helps prevent things from blowing into the pool (and kids going after it).

Water is fun but it's also deadly. We've been in our new little pool every day for the last 6 weeks!

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