May is water safety month and the swimming pool contractors from Seahorse Pools & Spas understand that pool safety is a year-round responsibility and they work with their customers to assure the pool is the “safest room in the house.” Pool safety is a responsibility that all pool owners must commit to before they commit to owning a swimming pool.
Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye and it’s important for you to do all you can to assure the safety of everyone in and around the pool — humans and pets — at all times.
First time swimming pool owners may find they are more diligent and have a heightened sense of safety, but they may not know all that’s available to keep everyone safe. Long-time pool owners or pool owners with older children in the house may be a bit more lax with pool rules. No one should ever be lax with pool safety and that means if it’s just one adult in the household — the biggest pool safety rule is to never swim alone!
May Is Water Safety Month
We’ve put together a checklist of pool safety considerations for pool owners in Fort Worth, Texas and across the country!
- NEVER swim alone. Everyone that is in the pool — every time — should be supervised. That goes for adults.
- Have your safety fence installed in accordance with local regulations and check it regularly to assure there are no breaches.
- Use a pool alarm. There are many kinds you can invest in. Talk with your pool contractor to find the best one for your unique needs. Don’t be afraid to layer alarms and safety measures.
- Enforce a no diving rule if there are a lot of people in the pool. Also, anyone who uses the diving board must know how to correctly use it.
- Wear sunscreen when you’re out in the heat of the day. Remember, you can get burnt on an overcast day as well as a sunny day — you just won’t feel it until it’s too late. Slather on sunscreen — look for age-appropriate sunscreen as well as waterproof sunscreen.
- Keep pets out of the water unless you’re supervising them. Consider having them wear pet life vests.
- Make sure pets can’t get through the safety fence.
- Don’t assume your pet can swim — not all of them can.
- If your pet will be in the water, install an exit ramp and teach them where it is and how to use it.
- When you’re not in the water, wear UV protectant clothing to prevent sunburn.
- Wear sunglasses as the UV rays bouncing off the water can damage your eyes.
- Avoid the pool and poolside lounging during the hottest times of the day unless you’re taking care to get out of the sun regularly.
- Make sure everyone who uses the pool can swim. Even those who are strong swimmers should never be left alone.
- Encourage the younger children to wear life vests at all times.
Talk with us to find even more ways to make your pool the safest room in the house!