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POOL SAFTEY TIPS


Water and children can be a fun, enjoyable and healthy combination as long as a few simple safety rules are followed to prevent drownings and near-drownings. Adult supervision, effective barriers and knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) will help provide a safe and fun atmosphere for you and your family.

Paradise Pools™ is strongly committed to reducing the number of drowning and near- drowning accidents so we have reprinted these helpful safety tips provided by the National Swimming Pool Safety Committee.

SUPERVISION


  • Never take your eyes off a child when he or she is in or near any body of water, not even for a second
  • Do not rely solely on barriers, such as fences or walls. This is no substitute for constant supervision.
  • Keep toys, tricycles, and other children's playthings out of the water and away from the pool or spa.
  • Do not consider your children to be "drown-proof" because you enrolled them in swimming or "waterproofing" classes.
  • Do not rely on inflatable devices to keep your child afloat. These are not substitutes for adult supervision.

BARRIERS


  • Make sure/your pool or spa area meets all necessary banier requirements such as a fence, wall or safety cover that guards against unsupervised access, particularly by young children.
  • Make sure doors leading to the pool or spa area are self-closing and self-latching, or are equipped with exit alarms, and are never propped open. Gates should have self-closing, self-latching mechanisms. Latches should be out of reach of young children and kept in proper working order.
  • Make sure the safety cover is always closed when the pool or spa is not in use.
  • Always drain standing (surface) water from the pool cover. Remember that even a few inches of water can be hazardous, especially to young children.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

  • Learn how to administer lifesaving techniques to children, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  • Install a phone, or keep a cordless phone, in the pool or spa area.
  • Post the emergency medical services phone number (i.e., 911) in an easy-to-see place near the pool or spa, and make sure that everyone learns the phone number(s) and their address.