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Pool Safety Tips

Pool Safety Tips

According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children aged 1 to 14. Everyday about 10 people die from unintentional drowning. You should take extra precaution to make sure it doesn’t happen to someone you know.

Tips for swimmers, parents, and supervisors:

  • Teach your children what to do in case of an emergency.
  • Provide competent supervision, don’t be under the influence while watching children swim, you’ll have slower reaction times.
  • Always remind babysitters of pool safety and your pool rules.
  • Don’t use a floatation device as a substitute for adult supervision, floatation devices may not be able to save children.
  • Never swim alone, even though children and adults know how to swim they still may have an accident.
  • Walk, don’t run, around the pool.
  • Never rough house around the pool, someone could slip and get seriously injured.
  • Don’t chew gum or eat while you swim, you may choke.
  • Keep a phone near the pool in case an emergency happens
  • Be careful swimming with animals, dogs tend to “grab” things and may pull you under.

Tips for pool owners:

Cover all sharp edges around and in the pool .
Replace worn out non-slip material.
Enclose pool with a fence.
Keep life saving devices near the pool.
Maintain watch over everyone in and around the pool.
Make sure the walkways are well lit and clear of any objects someone may trip on.
Remove toys from the pool when finished swimming so children don’t try to retrieve them when unsupervised.
Remove ladders from an above ground pool when finished swimming
Keep pool the clean.

Always remember to reapply sunscreen and never drink and swim. Most importantly stay safe and have fun. Make sure you have enough liability coverage on your homeowners insurance policy to fully cover your home and pool. Plus, Huff Insurance recommends getting an umbrella insurance policy for an extra layer of insurance protection for the pool.

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