Water Safety Part 2: Pool Safety at Home

Great fences make great pools.

Great fences make great pools.

This week, we’re going to talk about pool safety again, only this time, we have some suggestions for families at home around their own pool. We know our customers are devoted to safety, and review these because they’re conscientious. We offer them because, during the Fourth of July weekends, an average of seventeen kids drown. Last year it was twenty! 

 
Without further ado, Here are our pool and water safety tips:

1. Have a designated adult to watch children while they’re around the pool.
 
The designated person is called a Water Watcher
 
When the kids swim, perhaps the adults want to kick back and have a couple of cold ones. That’s okay, but only if there is a sober and attentive adult who swims well enough to conduct a rescue. Grandma doesn’t count if she’s 95 and uses a walker.
 
2. Lock it up
 
When the fun is over, make sure the gates are closed, the latch is secure, and the lock is on. An unlocked pool is an open pool and an invitation for an accident. That final security check can save a life. If your self-closing, self-latching gate doesn’t work properly, have it repaired right away. Remove your portable pool ladder if you have an above-ground pool and make sure drains are covered when not in use. The fence should be 100% secure in all directions.
 
3. Alarms
 
The easiest way to ‘watch’ your pool is to have every door, window, and gate which offers access to the pool armed with an alarm. The pool itself can be armed with a wave or underwater alarm. 
 
4. Learn CPR
 
Remember those events we talked about in our last blog? If you own a pool and couldn’t make one of those, The Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross offers Phoenix, Tempe, Glendale, Scottsdale and other Valley residents the opportunity to take in-person and online adult and pediatric CPR and first aid classes here for $25-110. 

 Being a responsible pool owner has a few costs associated with it the same way a car has costs. Think of this class as the pool equivalent of a new fan belt. These are award-winning classes and truly an amazing value.

Swimming lessons for everybody!

Swimming lessons for everybody!


3. Teach your kids to swim or get them swimming lessons
 
Swimming lessons are an excellent gift from a grandparent who owns a pool, especially when parents of young children don’t have as many financial resources as their parents. Swimming lessons in public pools are a terrific bargain, as well. Many public pools offer lessons at a bargain rate.
 

4. Alarms
 
The easiest way to ‘watch’ your pool is to have every door, window, and gate which offers access to the pool armed with an alarm. The pool itself can be armed with a wave or underwater alarm. 
 
5. Learn CPR
 
Remember those events we talked about in our last blog? If you own a pool and couldn’t make one of those, The Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross offers Phoenix, Tempe, Glendale, Scottsdale and other Valley residents the opportunity to take in-person and online adult and pediatric CPR and first aid classes here for $25-110. 

 Being a responsible pool owner has a few costs associated with it the same way a car has costs. Think of this class as the pool equivalent of a new fan belt. These are award-winning classes and truly an amazing value.

Don't trust safety devices. Keep watching!

Don't trust safety devices. Keep watching!


6. Eyes save lives
 
The big splash and dramatic music offered in movies when a child drowns are Hollywood drama. When a child is drowning, it’s a silent slip beneath the water, a  game in the water that unexpectedly goes wrong, a bump to the head on the side of the pool, or even a bee sting that a child reacts to before know what happened. So, for the person watching the children, listening to music is a much safer entertainment than a Tetris game. 

 

 


If you need pool maintenance for your Phoenix, Arizona pool or spa, call us here at Serenity Pools. Our services include new installation set-up, professional maintenance of pools and spas, water features, and fountains. Call today! 480-370-0579