Swimming Pool Safety
Observing Water Safety is VERY important for kids and adults alike.
It is the responsibility of the homeowner to make sure that the backyard pool
is a safe place for children, grandchildren, neighbor's youngsters and visiting little ones.
Following are some Cool Pool Rules that will keep every swim fun and safe.
Never leave a small child in the pool area unattended. During social gatherings, never assume someone else is watching your child.
Appoint a designated "watcher" to be sure.
If you must entrust your child to the care of someone else, make sure that person knows
what to do in an emergency and is physically able to respond.
Surround your pool with a four-sided
safety fence, at least 4 feet high, that completely isolates your pool
from both house and yard. Many people have their yards fenced. Many also
have screen enclosures around their pool deck. But for safety's sake, you
must have an additional barrier of protection between the doorways leading
from the house and the water in the pool.
Make sure fence gates into the
pool area are self-closing and self-latching. Each gate should be well
maintained so that it closes and latches easily, and the latch should be
positioned up above a child's reach.
Install alarms on all doors
leading to pool area. A wide variety of door alarms are available that
can be temporarily turned off by an adult passing through with a button or
key pad installed out of a child's reach. But the door should produce an
audible signal if it is opened unexpectedly.
Keep a cordless phone at
poolside. Often a lapse of supervision can occur when a caregiver
dashes into the house to take a call. Keep a phone by the pool, so you can
answer your calls without leaving the area. Should a water immersion
incident occur in your pool, a poolside phone can save precious time in
calling 9-1-1, and will allow you to receive the pre-arrival instructions
right at poolside.
Learn to Swim. It's the best thing you
can do for both adults and children to stay safe around the water. Contact
the City of Tampa Recreation Department to sign up for swimming lessons.
Call 274 -7725 Mike Metziere for more information.
Learn CPR. Restoring breathing and heartbeat
of a submersion victim is critical when waiting for the paramedics to arrive.
The American Red Cross Association does training in this procedure.
Remember, poolside fun is practically a year-round activity here in Tampa.
Let's make sure it's a safe activity as well, with layers of protection and
constant supervision around your backyard pool.