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5 SAFETY TIPS FOR ADULT AND CHILDREN AROUND HOME SWIMMING POOL
Having the opportunity to take a dip on your home pool without having to go to public swimming pool, which is always crowded on sunny days, is a convenience that is difficult to give up. But when you have built your own home swimming pool, it is good to remember one fundamental thing: safety in the pool. Public swimming pool usually has one or two lifeguards on duty per pool, to ensure the safety of all swimmers. Of course it is not the same for home swimming pool. Home pools unfortunately have a high risk of accidental drowning which mainly affects children. Parents and adults in general have to be very diligent about the safety of the children in the home pool to prevent drowning or injury of any kind. It is good to be aware that accidents can happen and it is very important to pay close attention and take all necessary precautions to manage and prevent them as much as possible. Here are some tips to keep in mind for home pool safety:
1. THINK OF THE SAFETY OF THE WHOLE HOME SWIMMING POOL AREA
To prevent accidental falls into your home pool, with consequent risks of serious accidents, the area around the pool should be fenced or otherwise protected in some way. Some find it helpful to install a fence or net around the home pool with a padlocked gate. Fences should be placed high enough so that people shorter than a certain height cannot reach them and children cannot enter alone.
2. MAKES EVERYONE UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY
Both adults and children must understand the importance of safety rules in the home swimming pool, so it would be advisable to dedicate some time to discuss the various precautions to be taken with the family, specifying safety rules that are essential for enjoying your swimming pool in peace.
3. LEARN TO SWIM
Make sure everyone who uses the swimming pool can swim, both adults and children. Keep in mind that if you can't swim, you won't even be able to help someone in trouble. Provide life jackets and tubes for the children who haven't learned how to swim yet.
4. PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES
Learn CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) and make sure all adults are familiar with the home swimming pool safety rules. Keep near the home pool, in an easily accessible place, a sort of rescue kit containing the necessary for first aid, life buoy, floating tubes and a telephone to call for help in case of need.
5. ALWAYS CHECK THE CHILDREN
Children under five are the most exposed to the risk of drowning so it is essential to keep them checked when they are in the water or in the area surrounding the swimming pool. Adults also need to be careful and take the necessary precautions to prevent accidents and keep the home swimming pool a fun and carefree area.