Summer is around the corner and many will find themselves having some “fun in the sun” by the pool while their cabana boy Mr. Clooney brings them a drink with a cute umbrella and all. (a girl can dream, can’t she?) So that brings me to our important topic of the day…Pool Safety. I am by no means an expert on this, but I have researched some good reminders for all of us. Especially if we own a pool like myself.
-Never under any circumstance leave a child unattended for any amount of time by a swimming pool. If you need to use the restroom, answer the front door, grab a water or whatever it might be take the child with you or move them into the home you with access to the pool locked.
–Be sure to assign an adult who is in charge of supervision especially at a gathering. Often a misunderstanding of who is in charge can arise. To avoid this from happening, make a simple necklace that the person in charge at the time wears. For example get some yarn and make a “parent on duty” tag that is large and bright. Print the emergency phone numbers on it as well so in a panic they’re handy. You can even add a safety whistle to it. That way when you’re wearing that necklace you know it’s your responsibility not to take your eyes off the swimming pool and children no matter what.
–Remember no flotation device can be substituted for adult supervision.
–If you know you cannot provide proper supervision you can hire a lifeguard for your party or event. Be sure they have the proper credentials.
–This may seem obvious but be sure everyone has plenty of sunblock on. Don’t forget to reapply every few hours.
–Hydration is often overlooked as hours pass by when we’re having fun in the pool. Be sure to have plenty of water. Perhaps have an ice chest filled with waters and sports drinks. If they’re handy and in site people will not forget to drink.
–Learn to perform CPR. (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) I highly recommend Keep the Beat for certification. They will come to whatever location you prefer, which makes it very easy to have an “in-home” CPR luncheon/dinner for all your friends and family. Tiffany, the owner, is very up beat (no pun intended!) so it makes it a lot more fun!
–Enroll your children in swimming lessons.(remember this doesn’t replace supervision)
–Keep a phone by the pool at all times and have the emergency phone numbers posted. Be sure to have a first aid kit on hand.
The above link will take you to a site that has more detailed information to help you and your loved ones stay safe this summer.
Tips from our “Pool Boy Roy”
1. Hire a qualified pool guy. This would mean he has a contractor’s license and insurance.
2. Glass is a “no, no” around the pool.
3. Take all measures to ensure the pool gate is locked.
4. Don’t pee in the pool, we can tell when you do.
5. Treat your sister in-law to a day at the spa since she’s probably really amazing and deserves it!
Do you know anyone who puts the “p” in pool?
If you want to know if the “pool water is clean” and things like this, read here.