Your pool is a hotspot for entertainment and relaxation during the summer months, but in order to enjoy it fully, you need to make sure you’re taking all of the necessary precautions.
May is National Water Safety Month, so it’s the perfect time to review pool safety with your family and make sure water safety is a top priority all summer long.
Sponsored by the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP), the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the World Waterpark Association (WWA) and the American Red Cross, National Water Safety Month provides information to help reduce swimming accidents and save lives. It’s important to have a National Water Safety Month to remind consumers about what they need to do to be safe in the water.
Why Safety is Important
National Water Safety Month serves to head off potential drownings prior to the busy season when people are headed out to enjoy a variety of water activities. It is important to educate or remind people what things they can do to safely enjoy themselves in, on or around the water.
Before you start enjoying the water this season, it’s vital to review the National Water Safety Month’s complete list of safety tips. Here are some of the most important ones to remember:
- Teach children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible.
- Protect your pool. Most accidents happen to children aged 4 and under, and the reason often is that these children had easy access to the pool. It is very important that pool owners employ layers of protection such as a 4-foot high barrier, self-locking gates, doors and pool alarms, and pool covers.
- Never prop open the gate to a pool area.
- Have children or inexperienced swimmers wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket around the water. But do not rely on life jackets alone—always maintain constant supervision.
- Keep a first aid kit poolside.
- Keep an eye on children at all times. Almost everyone knows they shouldn’t leave children unsupervised around the pool. To protect children, adult supervision without distraction is critical.
How You Will Benefit
National Water Safety Month is a great opportunity to remind everyone in your family that while having a pool is a lot of fun, it requires responsibility. Once you’ve educated yourselves and gained awareness, you can truly enjoy your pool to the fullest—and be confident your family is safe.
Swimming pools and aquatic activities offer years of fun, healthy activity for families. Learning to swim well, knowing how to respond to an aquatic emergency and following safety rules are important for safe enjoyment.
Have Your Family Take the Safe Swimmer Pledge
To help encourage the mission of National Water Safety Month, it’s important for the whole family to take the Safe Swimmer Pledge.
Take the “I’m a Safe Swimmer” Pledge:
- I pledge to never swim alone.
- I pledge to never play or swim near drains or suction fittings.
- I pledge to always dive feet first.
- I pledge to obey the pool rules.