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Pool Safety Tips

Swimming pools are a source of so much fun for the family. But accidents and drownings can occur quickly with devastating result. That is why it is so important to follow these swimming pool safety rules.

* Never allow children to swim alone without adult supervision even if children have had swimming lessons. Be sure to supervise all activities when children are near the pool. Keep in mind that it only takes a few seconds for a child to fall into a pool.

* Provide a barrier to the pool by having a removable pool fence installed. Make sure that the pool fence is at least 4 feet high. Install self-closing and self-latching gates. It is important to keep latches in a location where young children do not have access.

* Position tables and chairs far away from the pool safety fence to prevent children from climbing into the pool area. * To avoid having to leave children unattended when receiving a telephone call, keep a telephone in the pool area. And keep emergency numbers near the poolside phone. * At get-togethers designate someone as the pool watch guard. Adults can rotate this duty. * Make sure that all children above the age of 4 attend a certified swimming class.

If this isn't possible, instruct them in basic flotation and life saving techniques. * When children are very young, discuss pool rules frequently with them. Good pool rules include no pushing and no running around the pool. The buddy system rule should be taught to older children: Don't go near the water by yourself. * Do not leave the pool open. And to prevent children from getting to the pool, keep all doors and windows leading to the pool area secure.

* On doors that lead to the pool area, install an alarm. * Make sure that the cover of the swimming pool is completely lifted over the pool. Since children may become entrapped under a partially opened cover, be sure to keep the cover closed. In addition, do not let your children or pets walk over the pool cover. * Always have a life saving flotation device handy near the pool.

* Keep rescue equipment by the pool, and make sure all family members know where this equipment is located. * Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). * When not in use, remove steps or ladder to above ground pools. * Never position electrical appliances near the pool.

Following all of these safety rules will help minimize the chances of injuries and drowning occurring in your swimming pool. Your pool will be a source of fun and enjoyment rather than a source of worry.

Robert Caruso, general contractor and swimming pool fence installer in the San Diego and North County, CA area. Visit his swimming pool safety fence website at: http://www.poolfencesofnorthcounty.com robertcaruso@cox.net

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