How to Swim Safely This Summer
Swimming has long been a favorite activity for children and adults both. But before you can have fun splashing away in the sun, you need to be confident you know the essential safety rules for creating a safe swimming environment. Not only will you prevent injuries and accidents, but you will earn the respect of any visitors you might have as your guests. Hawaiian Pools and Landscape is committed to training you on how to provide the safest swimming environment for your guests. We want you to have an accident-free summer this year, and with the right tips and advice you can rest assured that your pool will be free of any injuries and host to a summer of fun!
It is important that you as a pool owner establish rules letting guests know that swimming in your pool is a privilege and that any safety guidelines you enforce must be followed.
Safety Rules and Guidelines for Safe Swimming:
- Always have a qualified adult supervising any children swimming.
- Never swim alone.
- No running or horseplay around the perimeter of the pool.
- Dive only in appropriate areas of the pool (in the deep end avoiding other swimmers).
- Keep glass items away from the pool.
- All swimming areas must be carefully inspected and prepared for safety prior to each activity.
- Swim only in pools with high water quality. This means no stagnant water, water with significant algae or foam, or water polluted by livestock and waterfowl.
- Never swim in bad weather. Wait at least 30 minutes after the last lightning flash or thunder before leaving shelter.
- Periodically inspect gate latches and batteries in pool alarms to maintain a secure swimming environment.
- Learn proper mouth-to-mouth resuscitation techniques per your local American Red Cross chapter. Check with your chapter for training opportunities.
- Always keep a first-aid kit near the pool.
- A selected list of emergency telephone numbers should be on hand which includes the nearest available physician, ambulance service, hospital, police, fire and/or rescue unit.
- Teach children how to swim at the earliest age possible.
Providing the safest swimming environment is essential to protecting yourself and your guests from injuries, accidents, and drownings. We are proud to provide you with the resources to educate yourself on improving swimmer safety in your backyard. We will continue to write blog posts about safety advice and tips from our staff and experts within the pool industry.
Please feel free to comment below with any additional tips you have learned, or ask us about any safety information you would like to know. Let’s have a fun summer and swim safely!