Pool Safety Tips
Pool Safety, Pools
Keep our tips in mind to stay safe around your pool!
At Pettis Pools & Patio, we make backyards fun, but we take safety very seriously. Here is a list of quick-to-review tips for making sure your pool is as safe as possible:
- Assign one adult to supervise children in and around the swimming pool and spa—even if there are many grown-ups (like during a family event). You can even give this person a whistle to reinforce their authority!
- Maintain constant eye-to-eye supervision with children in and around the swimming pool and spa.
- Remove kids from the swimming pool and spa area when there are any distractions such as a telephone call or bathroom break.
- Inflatable flotation devices are not life jackets and should never be substituted for having an adult supervise.
- Maintain a clear view (no trees, bushes or other obstacles) from the home to the swimming pool and spa.
- Make sure any adult responsible for the children knows the emergency services telephone number and also your location address in case of an emergency.
The Physical Area Around the Pool:
- One word, BARRIERS! Have a fence enclosure that isolates your swimming pool and spa from the home, play areas, front and side yards and the neighbor’s yard.
- Make sure all gates in the isolation fence are self-closing and self-latching.
- Set up multiple layers of barriers: in addition to an isolation fence, these safety features can provide the additional protection necessary (provided by ABC pool Safety):
- Approved swimming pool and spa safety cover
- Approved swimming pool and spa alarm
- Exit alarms on doors providing access to the swimming pool and spa
- Keep all doors and windows leading to the swimming pool and spa area locked
- Doors providing access to the swimming pool and spa equipped to be self-closing and self-latching with a release mechanism high enough to be out of the reach of a child.
- The man-door from the garage should be self-closing and self-latching with a release mechanism high enough to be out of the reach of a child
- Perimeter yard fence provided with a self-closing and self-latching gate
- All chairs, tables, large toys or other objects that would allow a child to climb up to reach the gate latch or enable him or her to climb over the isolation fence should be removed or kept inside the fence.
What to Learn:
- Take a class so you understand how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
- This link will take you to the list of classes through the Red Cross.
- Enroll your child in swimming lessons.
- Know how to respond to an emergency (including lifesaving CPR skills), how to tell if a swimmer is in distress or is drowning, and how and when to call for emergency help. If you have a pool or hot tub, keep lifesaving gear handy.
- Keep rescue equipment poolside and know how to use it. Also, keep a first aid kit at poolside.
We want your pool experience to be safe at all times, if you have any questions, just stop in or give us a call at either location.