Taking a dip in your backyard pool is always a fun, refreshing time for family and friends, but it’s also essential that you maintain a level of safety for everyone. Since May is Water Safety Month, we thought it’d be a good idea to go over some important basics of water safety that you can follow.
No Running Around the Pool
Think of this as the Water Safety Month equivalent of “don’t play ball in the house or you’ll put someone’s eye out”. Running around the pool is extremely dangerous due to the simple fact that the deck can be a bit slick and slippery. While current construction is designed to provide much better traction than swimming pool decks from the past, running should still be prohibited to ensure safety.
Enroll Young Children in Swimming Lessons For Water Safety Month
It has been shown that enrolling children in swimming lessons at an early age will severely reduce the risk of drowning. The good news is that there are plenty of no-cost or low-cost swimming lessons available through local parks and recreation programs. Signing up your children for these lessons, as well as a refresher course for yourself, is a great way to celebrate Water Safety Month.
Always Swim with a Buddy
This goes for parents and children during Water Safety Month and beyond. Even if you’re a proficient swimmer, you should always have someone else around in case of an accident. If you are doing laps at the end of a long day and no one else is around, be sure to exercise special caution.
Enter the Pool Feet-First
We’re not saying that you can’t dive into a pool, but as part of Water Safety Month, you should think twice about doing so. This is especially true when you’re alone because it’s not worth the risk. Entering the pool feet-first every time will help ensure that you and everyone else stays safe.
Don’t Swim While Impaired
We understand that hanging out with friends may include the ingestion of alcohol. Just avoid this whenever possible around the pool, whether it’s Water Safety Month or not, especially when children are around.
Become Certified in CPR
May is the perfect time to remind everyone that learning CPR is an invaluable skill to have both around the swimming pool and in general. Getting certified in CPR doesn’t take too long and it could save the life of a loved one if an accident were to occur.
Take the Advice of the APSP
What we’re saying here in celebration of Water Safety Month is echoed by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals. It’s a good idea to visit their website and read the long list of tips for water safety in addition to learning how to host an event and spread the word about water safety. This comprehensive website will help keep your loved ones safe.
Contact Larsen’s Pool & Spa For More Water Safety Month Information and Pool Construction
Water safety should always be your number one priority, but who says you can’t have a breathtaking pool while adhering to safety guidelines? Celebrate Water Safety Month by enlisting Larsen’s Pool & Spa for new pool construction or pool remodeling. We have proven ourselves as the best pool builder in Tampa Bay and look forward to improving your swimming experience. Give us a call at (727) 786-7665 and we’ll provide you with a free, no-risk consultation.