Summer Fun * Pool Safety

With June comes Hot weather ! And the kids are drawn to the pool –

This weekend  the temperature will be in the 90’s and everyone will be in the pool. Swimming and having fun. but accidents happen.  So today is a perfect time to go over the basic safety rules.

– Need help Red Cross Pool Safety

Red Cross also offers CPR / First Aid classes if needed.

 

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Pool Safety Rules :

  • Keep toys away from the pool when the pool is not in use.
  • Empty blow-up pools after each use.
  • No tricycles or other riding toys at poolside.
  • No electrical appliances near the pool.
  • No diving in a pool that is not deep enough.
  • No running on the pool deck.

Pool Fences

Children can climb out a window, through a doggy door, or sneak out a door to get to the back yard and the pool. To prevent small children from entering the pool area on their own, there should be a fence that completely surrounds the pool or spa. Combined with the watchful eyes of an adult, a fence is the best way to protect your child and other children who may visit or live nearby.

Pool fences should also:

  • Be climb-resistant and should not have anything alongside it (such as lawn furniture) that can be used to climb it.
  • Be at least 4 feet high and have no footholds or handholds that could help a child climb it.
  • Have no more than 4 inches between vertical slats. Chain-link fences are very easy to climb and are not recommended as pool fences. If they must be used, the diamond shape should not be bigger than 1¾ inches.
  • Have a gate that is well maintained and is self-closing and self-latching. It should only open away from the pool. The latches should be higher than a child can reach – 54 inches from the bottom of the gate.
  • For above-ground pools always keep children away from steps or ladders. When the pool is not in use, lock or remove the ladders to prevent access by children.

 

 

Parks & Recreation  : Please contact them for more information in your area. Some  offer  swimming lessons , life guard training  and first aid  lessons to the public. Lisa

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