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AHS Guide to Backyard Home Pool Safety

Backyard pools are awesome, but they’re also a big responsibility. To help keep your summer cool, follow this guide on pool safety. Planning a pool party? We have some great tips for making it a summer success.

Pool Safety Guide


Keep Your Pool Environment in Check


As a pool owner, safety is always number one. Simply follow these guidelines to make sure your family and friends are protected around your pool:

• Completely surround your pool or spa with a 4-foot or taller pool safety fence and use a self-closing, self-latching gate
• If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around your pool, install door alarms
• Place an pool safety cover on the pool or hot tub when not in use and remove any ladders or steps used for access
• Install and use a lockable pool safety cover on your spa
• Always completely remove the pool or spa cover when in use to avoid someone becoming stuck underneath it
• Consider installing pool and gate alarms that go off if anyone enters the pool
• Make sure your pool or spa has anti-vortex main drain covers to prevent children from being trapped by the suction of the drain
• Keep your pool or hot tub water clean and clear and maintain proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration

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Play It Safe in the Water


Warm weather and swimming go hand in hand. While swimming should be a fun activity, it’s important to always be safe with these tips:

• Keep children under active supervision and stay within arm’s reach at all times
• Teach children to always ask permission to go near water and post pool rules like “no diving” and “swim with a buddy”
• Designate a responsible person to watch the water when people are in the pool—never allow anyone to swim alone
• Ensure everyone in the home knows how to swim well and respond to aquatic emergencies by taking water safety, first aid and CPR courses
• Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water
• Keep appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit on hand
• Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and reapply every few hours
• Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you’re not thirsty

Common Pool Rules:
• No running
• No diving
• No pushing or horseplay
• Never swim alone
• No glass in pool area
• Children not permitted without adult supervision
• Keep gate locked at all times
• Always wear sunscreen
Contact your local Red Cross for information on learning how to swim, water safety, home pool safety, first aid and CPR classes.

Make Your Pool Party a Splashin' Success


Why have a backyard pool if you’re not going to throw a few awesome pool parties? Here are some general tips to make sure your pool party goes swimmingly:

• Make sure you have some extra towels for guests who forget their own
• Provide a room for guests to change into their suits and leave their clothes
• Place your pool furniture around the edge of the pool with tables in between
• Put out umbrellas for guests who prefer the shade
• Have lots of inflatable pool toys ready to play with in the pool
• Mark the depth of your pool with waterproof tape for your guests’ safety
• Have sunscreen and bug spray on hand for guests to use
• Use plastic drinking cups to avoid the hazard of broken glass
• Light citronella candles or torches to add ambiance and keep the bugs away at nighttime
• Give out fun favors like flip-flops, beach balls and sunscreen for guests to take home
Cool Pool Party Themes
• Hawaiian luau
• “Dive-In” movie night
• Classic black and white
• Mexican fiesta
• Beach barbecue
• Under the sea
• Pirate adventure
• Patriotic

Sources:
http://www.poolsafely.gov/pool-spa-safety/staying-safe-pools-spas/residential-swimming-pools/
http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/water-safety/home-pool-safety
http://safety.lovetoknow.com/Backyard_Pool_Safety
http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/entertaining/food-drink/host-dipping-party/toys-summer
http://autopilot.com/blog/post/244-What-are-The-Appropiate-Levels-for-Chemicals-in--a-Swimming-Pool-

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