Did you know that May is National Water Safety Month?
We, at California Pools, strongly encourage you to be water safe. Whether you own a swimming pool and spa, or not, the likelihood of you and your loved ones being around different bodies of water at some point is very high. Sometimes you might enjoy your friend's swimming pool, a local city pool, maybe even a nearby lake and swimming hole or a warm spa at night. Either way, you should be prepared to understand water safety, so you are able to practice healthy and safe playtimes for you and others as well.
We visited the The APSP (Association of Pool and Spa Professionals who promote and develop the nation’s standards for swimming pools and hot tubs) Facebook page and website and found that it is a great resource for water safety tips surrounding the swimming pool lifestyle. “National Water Safety Month is an annual awareness campaign coordinated by The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals with support from the National Recreation & Parks Association, the American Red Cross and the World Waterpark Association. These organizations represent businesses and other individuals and agencies involved in bringing safe, enjoyable aquatic activities to the American public, from home pools and spas, to waterparks and resorts, to public swimming and water recreation facilities.”
Click on this YouTube link and watch a short video from Lynn Sherr, broadcast journalism and author of ‘Swim; Why We Love the Water’. Lynn is the swim ambassador for APSP and she highlights three tips for water safety month.
- Take swimming lessons!
- Swim with a buddy!
- Always supervise children!
Water safety tips that we recommend are: becoming CPR certified, ensuring pool fencing meets your local codes, using a safety pool cover when your pool is not being used, and keeping life-saving rings as well as a life-hook and rescue pole near your pool. Alarms on the gates of your backyard are extremely helpful to ensure unattended children cannot access the yard while you're away. Make sure to keep gates locked as well, and require inexperienced swimmers wear a US Coast Guard-Approved life jacket. You should also post a “No Diving” sign as well as a “No Running” sign and enforce those rules in order to keep everyone safe around the swimming pool. A motion activated Wi-fi camera (Ring, Nest…) focused on your swimming pool area is also another great tool for monitoring your pool.
Additionally, we encourage hiring a lifeguard or adult pool monitor to keep a watchful eye on the swimming pool at all times during a swimming event or party. Accidents can happen in a split second, so let a professional life - guard your gathering as you might be distracted by or busy hosting guests. Remember that drownings can happen even when adults are present.
It is crucial to talk with your children, family members and guests in your home about pool safety rules in order to be water safe. Once you talk with your kids, you can download the Safe Swimmer Pledge to help them understand the importance of being water safe.
California Pools has been a leader in the swimming pool industry, designing and building beautiful backyards since 1952. In all of those years, providing a safe sanctuary for your family has been our priority. We will continue to build with safety as a top priority and we encourage you and your families to be water safe as well. We all love the fun a swimming pool brings, so let’s work together to keep everybody safe while enjoying one of life’s most awesome places to play and get fit!