When it comes to pool time, kids just can’t seem to get enough!

For them it means fun and games — and for you it means they’re getting the exercise they need to stay healthy.

But to have a truly enjoyable summer, you need to ensure a safe summer. From securing your pool from unauthorized access to checking for outdated equipment, here are 10 steps you can take to keep your family protected in and around the pool this year.

 

  1. Maintain constant adult supervision. Never leave your kids unattended in or near the water. And never use flotation devices in place of supervision.
  2. Give your kids swim lessons, or a refresher course. Teach your kids not just to swim, but basic water safety as well. Don’t leave toys or other items around a pool that would attract their attention. Get them excited and engaged in water safety by asking them to take the Safe Swimmer Pledge and award them the APSP Safe Swimmer Certificate.
  3. Be first aid ready. Keep a phone, rescue equipment like life rings or a shepherd’s crook, and a first aid kit with CPR and emergency information in your pool area. Encourage family members to become trained in CPR, first aid and emergency response. Conduct family safety drills.
  4. Protect kids from the sun. Reapply sunscreen on your kids every two hours, or more if they’re in the water or sweating. Give them plenty of options for shade, too, whether that’s under a tree, umbrella or awning.
  5. Replace drain covers. Get rid of old or broken drain covers, and install anti-entrapment or safety drain covers. Don’t let anyone swim or play near drains and suction fittings.
  6. Use pumps properly. Never run your pump at speeds higher than the recommended maximum, as high water velocity can contribute to suction entrapment.
  7. Mark the cut-off switch. Make sure the emergency shut-off is clearly marked by a permanent, easily visible sign.
  8. Maintain fencing, gates and covers. Install fencing at least four feet high around your pool perimeter with door and/or gate alarms that warn you when someone enters the pool area. Install gates that are self-closing and self-latching; never prop them open. Install covers over the pool and lockable covers on your hot tub.
  9. Store supplies safely. Keep all cleaners, chemicals and maintenance supplies in a locked storage area away from kids and pets. Check labels for proper storage and expiration dates, and follow manufacturers’ guidelines.
  10. Ask your pro. An APSP Certified Building Professional or Certified Service Professional can help you inspect and prepare your pool and hot tub for a safe season of fun and relaxation.
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