A swimming pool affords excellent recreation and exercise for you and your family. Safety should always be a priority whether you are at a commercial pool or in your own backyard swimming pool.
Also, keep in mind that in addition to implementing water safety practices, the deck and other swim facilities must be maintained correctly. In order to maintain safety in and around the pool, you must know what to tell your family and friends with regard to preventing accidents and injuries in the pool area. You must also let people know what to do in case an accident occurs.
The area around the pool should always be maintained in a state of cleanliness. Any bits of food, spilled liquids or other trash in the pool area should be picked up. In addition to keeping people from slipping and falling, this will keep the area free of algae and bacteria. It is necessary to wash down and disinfect the pool deck at the end of each day. If you fail to disinfect the area, those who use your pool area may contract infections like athlete's foot.
Safety equipment should always be close by, and you should be sure that everyone is aware of how it is to be utilized. The safety equipment that should be on hand includes floats and hooks to pull in any swimmer who may be in distress. Life jackets and kick boards should be placed near the pool, and they should be easily accessible. If many people use your pool at one time, it might be wise to purchase a megaphone or a loud whistle that you can use in case you have to get everybody's attention.
Maintaining the correct chemical balances in the pool water helps to prevent infections and skin and eye irritations while keeping the water clean and a pleasure in which to swim. You must be diligent and perform daily checks in order to maintain the proper balance of chemicals in your swimming pool's water. Remember that the balance of chemicals in the pool water can be affected by rain water and the number of people using the pool each day. The pool's pH levels and cleanliness can be negatively impacted by saliva and sweat. In addition, when chlorine levels are maintained at proper levels, burning eyes and dry skin can be prevented.
Learn how to perform CPR and how to provide first aid. At a minimum, one adult should know how to perform CPR and provide first aid. This should be the person who will be in close proximity to the pool most often. Anyone who uses the pool frequently should be taught basic first aid.
Always make sure that those using the pool obey the rules. It may be a good ideal to post a list of swimming pool rules that is visible to all who use the pool. In addition, make sure that pool users know what the rules are with regard to diving off the sides of the pool and the diving board, and that they should never run on the deck or jump into a pool when many people are in the water.
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