Are safety rules important when using a swimming pool? The answer is most definitely yes.
I can clearly remember when I was 4yrs old (I am now 52) we were visiting my uncle Dudley. They had a pool. My father’s instructions to me were “DO NOT PLAY NEAR THE POOL“. Did I listen NO?
I got hold of a cardboard box a long piece of string and made a car. Guess what! I remember running around the pool pulling my so-called car behind me looking back at it every now and again.
I have forgotten to mention that I did not know how to swim nor understand the dangers of water yet. I think I had run around that pool maybe 3 times, each time getting brave and running close to the edge.
I looked back at my cardboard car and the next moment I was underneath the water. That was frightening for me as I am still today very wary of deep water and the sea. I obviously tried to breathe and took in water. I don’t remember how long I was under the water, but the next thing I was Yanked out. I was still conscious.
While gasping for breath, my father gave me a hiding. Shoved me in the car wet and all, and took me home.
I was lucky that somebody heard me, or saw me fall into the pool. Or I might not have been here to tell the story.
The problem with my near-drowning is that it affected my association with swimming pools and water for a very long time.
I went through hell even trying to learn how to swim, putting my head underwater and general confidence in the water.
Besides me not listening to my father, there were no fences, gates, alarms, pool covers or any safety devices at all by that swimming pool. I do understand why safety is paramount in a pool area.
22 Safety Rules When Using A Pool
- Supervise children at all times.
- Children must never be allowed to swim alone.
- Teach children how to swim and float as soon as you can.
- Always remove the entire pool net or cover before anyone wants to swim.
- Nobody must consume nor be under the influence of alcohol while swimming and overseeing children.
- Your pool area must be fenced and the gate locked. Also, install a gate alarm.
- Close and lock all doors in the house which lead to the pool area.
- You must teach swimming pool and water safety to children before they swim.
- Do not swim during electrical storms.
- Do not allow glass bottles or sharp objects around the pool area.
- Always remember that common sense, awareness, and caution is the best prevention of pool accidents.
- There should always be two adults that can swim nearby. Just in case you might need help.
- Remember the pool is only safe when EVERYONE follows the rules. Please as an Adult set the example.
- Make sure the children are only diving in the deep end. No DIVING in the shallow end of the pool.
- No running around the edge of the pool. The child could slip or trip and hurt themselves and others.
- No Child should swim alone.
- Never push anyone into a pool.
- Children should not play rough nor recklessly.
- When using water slides, always go feet first.
- Before using water slides and diving make sure other swimmers are not in the way.
- Never swim after taking medication.
- Teach children what to do in the case of an emergency.
How To Stay Safe When Swimming In A Pool
Always wear sunscreen. Without it, you could end up with a painful sunburn.
Apply sunscreen with an SPF of a least 15 and provide protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours even in cloudy weather. If you feel your shoulders and back getting warm or starting to burn, rather put a Tshirt on.
It is also advisable to wear sunglasses and a hat when not swimming.
Sitting under a Brolley or seeking shade from trees is another good way to keep your self out of the sun.
Too much sun can cause severe sunburn and blisters on a person’s shoulders and back. A person can suffer from heatstroke, dehydration, and fatigue.
Other serious health problems can be skin cancer, premature aging of the skin, cataracts and other eye damage, and immune system suppression.
Drink lots of water and fluids to keep yourself hydrated when in the sun.
If you are a beginner swimmer or scared of water then swim in the shallow end.
How To Make Your Pool Area Safer For Children.
Enclose the pool completely. Its recommend that a fence of at least four feet tall, with slats close enough together that kids can’t squeeze between them. Make sure there are no handhold or foothold points that children can use to climb over.
Nonslip materials should be used for the pool deck, ladders, and diving boards
Secure the gate with a lock. The best gates are self-closing and self-latching. Position the latches high and well out of the reach of children.
Install an audible gate alarm that will alert you inside the house if the gate is opened.
Fit an in the water pool alarm too — one that will alert you if anyone jumps or falls in the swimming pool.
In your house, secure doors and windows leading to the pool, so kids don’t have access from inside the house.
Have a pool net or pool cover installed over your pool. These are child and pet safety necessities.
Keep rescue and flotation devices and first aid supplies near the pool.
Keep electrical appliances away from the pool area because of the hazard of electrical shock.