Making Pool Safe

This is obviously a different kind of pool but it is very important so this short article will cover that subject.

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Childproofing Your Pool

Swimming is one of the highlights of summer. It’s a great way to get exercise, cool down, and ensure your kids (and you) get a good night’s sleep! Make sure your pool remains a fun, safe place to play with these guidelines.

Restrict Access

  • For above ground pools, remove or lock up the ladder when the pool isn’t in use.
  • Install a fence around your pool, not just the perimeter of your yard. Multiple barriers are the best way to prevent childhood drowning.
  • Consider installing fencing even if you don’t have children; it’s easy for little ones in the neighborhood to wander.
  • Fences should be at least 4 feet high and have no gaps wider than 3 inches.

Safety Entrances

  • Gates should be self-closing and self-latching for optimum safety.
  • Some home alarm systems have a “chime” option to alert you when someone enters or exits through a door or window.
  • Inexpensive magnetic alarms are also available. Install them on doors or windows that open onto the pool area.
  • Consider purchasing child alarms for little wrists or ankles that sound when immersed in water or the child is in proximity of the pool edge. You could get a false alarm if your little munchkin decides to play in the sink (or, unfortunately, toilet) when you’re not looking, but you’ll also know if they’ve stumbled into deeper water.

Preventative Measures

  • Store pool toys in a large weatherproof tote or chest when not in use. Nearby toys may attract a child toward something that otherwise looks very boring.
  • Keep any trip hazards clear of the pool area as well.
  • Make sure one or more family members are trained in water rescue and CPR.
  • Keep rescue gear, like kickboards, life preservers, rope, and poles handy.
  • Install anti-entrapment or safety drain covers that prevent hair, clothing, or limbs from becoming entangled in them.
  • Contact your state or local health department officials to find a qualified pool and spa safety inspector. He or she can determine whether or not your pool is compliant with local, state, and federal regulations, as well as make suggestions for making sure your pool is safe.

Get CPR and First Aid Training

One of the best way to get safety training is to visit the website for CPR Classes in Sacramento, CA or try getting basic first aid certification. You can also visit the Sacramento City website for more information. Sacramento, the California State Capitol, is very active in the Search and Rescue, First Responder, and Life Saving Training areas.

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