Pool Safety

Be Pool Wise - Practice Pool Safety

Owning a pool is both a pleasure and a responsibility and an ounce of prevention is essential when it comes to pool safety. Here are a few tips to ensure your pool is a safe haven for both you and your guests.

  • Teach children a healthy respect for the water and provide swimming instruction at an early age.
  • Appoint a "designated adult" to supervise children in the pool at all times. No amount of safety equipment is a substitute for good supervision.
  • Always swim with a "buddy" who can provide assistance in the event of an emergency.
  • Ensure that all non-swimmers wear a personal flotation device.
  • Never dive into the shallow end of a pool.
  • Never allow anyone who has been drinking alcohol to use the pool.
  • Avoid using the pool during an electrical storm.
  • Build a self-locking fence around your pool-local by-laws will specify height requirements.
  • Cover your pool and/or spa with a safety cover if you plan to be away.
  • Consider installing an in-pool alarm that will send out an alert if something falls into the pool unexpectedly. Door alarms are also effective if you have small children.
  • Keep a lifesaving ring, pool rescue hook and well-maintained first aid kit near your pool and make sure there is a telephone in close proximity.
  • Store pool chemicals in an area that is away from children and pets.

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