The pool can be one of your family’s favorite places and the perfect summertime spot for fun and bonding. While they are a fantastic way to escape the Houston heat and enjoy sunny days together, it’s always important to keep safety in mind.
At Elite Pools and Spas, we love the water and encourage everyone to spend as much time as possible in it, but we also want to make sure people follow smart water safety tips. Here are some of the most important ones to keep in mind:
- While children are in the pool they need your undivided attention. Never, ever leave children alone in the pool at any age.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that an adult who knows how to administer CPR should actively supervise children at all times.
- Children under the age of five should never be more than an arm’s length away from the supervising adult at all times.
- Keep rescue equipment accessible at all times.
- Especially when younger children are present, put up a fence creating a barrier between your home and your pool so children can’t get into the pool area without your knowledge.
- After using the pool, remove any and all pool toys from in and around the pool to avoid the temptation to get in the water.
- Always designate one adult to be the “Water Watcher.” That way there’s no confusion about who’s watching the children. Switch the designated adult as necessary.
- When children are getting too rowdy, calmly remove them from the pool and explain the dangers to them. Don’t let them return to the pool until they have calmed down.
- Don’t confuse air filled swimming aids with life jackets. They are not the same thing.
- Finally, never make assumptions. Just because your child knows how to swim does not mean that he or she is always safe in the water and no longer needs supervision.
Following these water safety tips will help ensure that you have a fun and safe summer in and around the pool. There are also great resources on the PoolSafely.gov website. There’s even the Pool Safely Pledge that your whole family can take to make sure everyone is committed to pool and water safety. We hope you have an awesome summer. Have fun and stay safe!
About Elite Pools & Spas
For over 20 years, Elite Pools & Spas have been providing new pool construction, pool remodels, pool repair and weekly pool maintenance services for Houston, League City, Pearland, Clear Lake and the surrounding areas.
Elite Pools & Spas of Houston can work with almost any budget and give you a personalized vision of your very own backyard paradise. Whether you need new pool construction or remodeling services, Elite Pools provides the same quality and attention to detail to all of their projects. As a Hayward Warranty Station, we offer energy-efficient pool products for your pool & spa.
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