Summer time is upon us. It is time to break out the cool summer clothes and plan holidays with the family, laze in a hammock and read and enjoy fresh weekends outdoors.
Backyard Summer Fun
14 Apr, 2013 | 0 Comments
Category: Guide & FAQ
Of course, if you are one of the lucky ones who have a swimming pool in the backyard, it is time to dive into cool waters and light up your poolside barbecue as well! As a home-owner you think of many things to keep your fortress safe, such as installing security systems, purchasing home insurance, fire proofing your home and more. Remember swimming pool safety is just as important.
Every year there are reported deaths among children due to drowning in swimming pools, spas and hot tubs. Often, little children survive a drowning but can suffer acute damage to the brain due to lack of oxygen. Your pool or hot tub is supposed to be a possession of enjoyment and leisure; surely not one of fear, so take the necessary steps to ensure it remains so.
Preventing these kinds of tragedies is possible with a few simple measures you can take -
- Firstly, it is always advisable to put a high fence around your swimming pool. A gated fence is an essential safety measure when you have young children at home. Little ones are naturally curious and will be inclined to go looking when no one is around; a fence will keep them out and away from potential hazard. Safety barriers are a must and do make sure all latches and locks are above the reach of young children.
- Do not place chairs or tables close to the pool barrier or fence. Children can very smartly use those to prop themselves up and climb into the pool area.
- When there are youngsters and children playing in your pool, always make sure there is adult supervision to keep guard and are within your direct line of vision at all times. You can assign adults to take turns so that there is constant vigilance around the pool at all times.
- It is advised that you should teach all kids above the age of four to swim or at least a few basic flotation techniques and of course this goes for anyone living in your home, including adults. Always keep inflatable rings and other flotation devices handy by the pool, including lifesaving gear like rope and poles.
- It is a good idea to learn CPR techniques yourself so that you are prepared for any problem, including some outside the pool as well. You can also post a copy of CPR and first aid instructions by the pool for any adult on supervision duty.
Owning a swimming pool in your own backyard can be a source of many laughter filled, sunlight days with the family. Do your part so it always remains so!