Pools are a great place to sit back, relax, and enjoy your time with family and friends or teach your young ones how to swim. It can also be the setting of more sophisticated parties full of excitement and distractions, but it’s important to be able to keep your guests and family safe during their use of your home.
While there is no need to have a pool guard on duty any time the pool is in use, you should have certain equipment and procedures in place to prevent accidents and address injury if they occur.
Educating your children
Being under water is like visiting an alien place because everything responds differently than it does when above ground; however, extended breath holding should be discouraged.
Competitions to see who can stay under water the longest should be prohibited, as should trends such as playing mermaid. Have a talk with your children and convey the seriousness of the issue to discourage such behavior which can lead to drowning or even death in serious cases.
Keeping your skills up-to-date
You don’t need to be an EMT in order to keep your family safe, but having current knowledge on basic first aid will help in case of accident. Keeping a rain-proof first aid kit and flotation device near the pool is also key to keeping people safe.
You should be able to handle yourself in water as well, and being able to swim or dive will help. Supervision should prevent many injuries from occurring in the first place, so keep your eyes peeled.
It may not always be possible to keep watch over your children all the time, but if your kids are young, you should consider using a safety cover whenever you are away from the pool to make sure that no one wanders in. This can be especially helpful for in-ground pools, which are accessible by toddlers who can crawl or walk.
Reduce alcohol use by the pool
Your adult guests will most likely be able to handle their alcohol, but a dinner or party atmosphere might encourage some to drink more than usual.
Drinking responsibly is advisable in general, so you can consider moving the party inside, which will help your guests warm up and dry off on cooler nights. By drinking inside, you’re also preventing broken glass around the pool, which can create a risk for other swimmers.
If your family and guests are aware of the safety equipment and procedures, then you will be able to share the responsibility of keeping each other safe with them. Encourage everyone to remain alert and attentive while around the pool this summer!