When the weather starts warming up, you probably want to spend all day out by the pool. But before you invite friends and family over, you want to make sure your pool area is safe. Not only that, but it would be a good idea to make up some pool safety tips and make sure family and friends stick to them.
Partying Around the Pool
We know that electricity and water don’t mix. Neither does alcohol and water. The more you drink around the pool, the more likely you are to have an accident. Limiting the amount of alcohol you drink on hot days will help to keep you cool as well as safe around the swimming pool.
No Glass Please
Ditch all sharp objects around the swimming pool. Go for reusable plastics instead. Glasses and plates made from reusable plastics are less likely to break and lead to members of the family injuring themselves. Spending long hours in the emergency room is not what you want to do.
Only Safe Toys
Pool toys are great, but you want to make sure that they are safe. Only buy toys that come with a guarantee. Not only that, but you don’t want to overcrowd the swimming pool with inflatables. In the worst-case scenario, they can lead to drowning accidents. Children can get trapped under giant floating flamingos and other inflatable toys.
Non-slip tiles around the pool can make the swimming pool area safer for both young and old. Every time you come out of the swimming pool and step on an already wet area, you are likely to slip. Non-slip tiles are not expensive and are worth their weight in gold.
Keep it Clean
Don’t eat around the immediate pool area. Food dropped in the pool is likely to cause problems, and on a hot day, food can easily contaminate the water. It is not unusual for more vulnerable people to pick up waterborne infections from swimming pools. Make sure you check the water quality on a regular basis, and if you are planning a pool party, create a separate area where guests can eat.
Dogs and Water
Dogs love water, but did you know that your furry friend is likely to overheat from too much exercise in a pool? The water in your pool is much warmer than natural water, and dogs do overheat faster than we think. Make sure Fido does not spend too much time in the pool entertaining noisy children and getting overexcited. He needs as much chill time as you do, and some dogs are more sensitive to heat than other breeds.
Safety devices such as armbands are a must for young ones. Stocking up on safety devices for guests to borrow is always a good idea. Get various sizes, and don’t forget to tell your guests that you have them available. Finally, be prepared. You may even want to have a first aid kit on standby. Also, be ready to pick up the phone and call the emergency services should the worst happen. Pool time is fun, but it is important to stay safe, and pool users follow your pool safety tips.