Safety Corner: Swim Safely This Summer

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

There’s nothing quite as refreshing as jumping into a pool to cool off on the hottest days of the year.  Many of us will spend our free time this summer playing or relaxing at a swimming hole.  If you have a pool or spend time at or near one, remember that they can pose serious dangers, especially for children.  Follow are some suggestions from the Home Safety Council to help keep your family safe this swim season:

• If a child is missing, check the pool area first.

• Always keep gates closed and latched. Never prop a gate open.

• Stay out of the pool during severe weather and thunderstorms.

• Remove pool and spa covers completely before anyone gets in.

• Keep spa and hot tubs covered and locked when not in use.

• Teach children the “rules of the pool.”  Remind them often.

• Never leave toys in or around the pool when you are not there.

• The pump in a pool or spa creates powerful suction at the drain which can trap a swimmer underwater. Teach children to stay away from drains, grates and filters.

• Tie up long hair before swimming. Pool drains should have a cover. For added protection, consider purchasing a safety guard to install over the drain.

• Learn how you would save someone in trouble. Learn First Aid and CPR. Make sure that anyone who cares for your children learns CPR.


• Post emergency numbers and CPR instructions near the pool area.

• Never swim alone. Even adults should swim with a buddy.

• Enroll non-swimmers in swimming lessons taught by a qualified instructor.

• When children are in or near the water, a grownup should watch them very carefully. Do not take your eyes off them.

• If you have a pool party, have grownups take turns watching the children at all times.