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Swimming Pool Party Safety

08/29/2019 10:46AM ● By Digital Media Director

By: Safe Splash

Everybody loves a pool party. What’s not to love about splashing with your friends and family, staying cool on a hot day, or just lounging on a pool float? Combine this with a birthday party and you’ll have a hit.

Before you send out the invites, make sure you’ve reviewed ways to make your pool party fun and safe. Here are tips to consider:

1.    Hazard-Free: Make sure you have a clear pool deck. This is not the place for an obstacle course that could result in somebody falling in or around the pool and getting hurt. Remember to store your pool chemicals away from where anyone can get to them. Remove the pool cleaning apparatus and make sure that main drain covers are secured.

2.    Lifeguards: Know that you are responsible for the safety of your guests. Fun can turn to fright in seconds, so it’s vital that somebody keeps an eye on the party and assumes the lifeguard role. Since you likely want to join in the fun, it may be best to assign this duty to someone else.

3.    Keep the Pool Locked When Not in Use: If your party moves inside due to weather or guests just taking a break, it’s a good idea to lock the doors to the pool. Keep the pool lights on and watch out for any rebel partiers that may sneak into the unattended pool.

4.    Identify High Risk Guests: This includes non-swimmers, poor swimmers, rambunctious swimmers, and even inattentive adults who may be assigned to watch kids. Don’t be shy about asking your guests if they will be swimming. Also be sure to ask parents about their child’s swimming skills. If their child has limited swim ability, ask them to please watch their young ones closely. Enforce strong pool rules to prevent accidents. No diving, no dunking, no running. If you have especially rambunctious swimmers, give them a lifeguard time-out!

5.    Safety Equipment: Ensure that you have the proper equipment to handle an emergency. If possible, have a life ring with a tow rope and a telescoping pole. You want to be able to help a distressed or injured swimmer from any side of the pool. It helps to have flotation toys available for the little ones that might not be at Olympic swimming levels (kickboards, noodles, pool tubes, etc.). Don’t use too many flotation toys, though. You don’t want to limit visibility, and too many toys in the pool can be hazardous.

In summary, you should:

·         Minimize hazards of all kinds.

·         Know who will be in the pool and their level swimming ability.

·         Set and enforce strong pool safety rules.

·         Hire or designate a lifeguard.

·         Keep all eyes on kids.

Above all else, enroll your children in swimming lessons!