Memorial Day is just a week away and that means summer is finally upon us. After a brutal winter we can all use some R&R and fun in the sun! Summer is the time to create lasting memories with family and friends. Summer is the time for cooling dips in the pool on hot afternoons and relaxing swims under the stars at night.
Before the summer gets into full swing, however, it is important to do a safety check of the pool and spa equipment, check the area around the pool for hazards and go through vital safety information with all pool users and childcare providers.
The most critical safety program you can implement around your pool this summer is a ‘Layers of Protection’ program. Layers of protection mean that the pool and spa is equipped with several devices to delay unsupervised access to the pool or to warn of a child’s presence around the pool.”
The most significant layer in the “Layers of Protection” program is responsible adult supervision. Nothing is more important than responsible adult supervision at the pool. That means that anytime a child is around a pool that a responsible adult must have his or her eyes on the child at all times. It is not only important to thoroughly talk about this as a family and make this clear whenever quests are at your pool or in your backyard.
Other layers include strong fencing to isolate the pool, which is determined by local building code; safety covers; pool alarms; rope and float lines; rescue equipment; posted emergency information; and an outside phone. Get a complete list here.
Besides “Layers of Protection” material, the Northeast Spa & Pool Association also has an extensive Safety Checklist for download as well as other safety information that you can share with your family, friends and other responsible adults.
A safe pool is a fun pool!