Guide to Pool Safety

Enjoy summer to the fullest by practicing safety first.

Keeping House
Be safe at the pool with Ryan Homes

Before you hit the pool, make sure you and the ones you love are educated about the rules of the water.

Although it's not something anyone wants to think about on a sunny day, the statistics on drowning in the United States can't be ignored: According to the Centers for Disease Control, every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger.

To spread the word to our customers and readers, we've gathered a list of guidelines.

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Learn to Swim

  • If your swim skills aren't strong, enroll in a class and improve them. Visit the YMCA website to find children's and adult programs in your area.
  • Avoid swimming in a pool alone—and never swim if you've been cocktailing.
  • Children can begin formal swim lessons at age 3, although no child should ever be unsupervised in the water, even if he does know how to swim.

Supervision Basics

  • When supervising young children in the pool, follow this simple rule: Don't take your eyes off them, even if a lifeguard is on duty. A person can drown in mere minutes.
  • Don't read, talk on the phone, or mow the lawn while children are playing in the pool.
  • If you need to run inside to answer the door or get the phone, have the kids get out of the pool until you return.

Home Pool Rules

  • If you have kids (or are expecting little visitors), set your home alarm to the chime setting, so you know when they're exiting the house.
  • Keep toys away from the pool area when it's not being used—the pool area shouldn't be a general play area.
  • Don't rely on inflatable toys as swim aids. Weak swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.

A Few More Thoughts

  • Why not boost your safety knowledge and take a CPR course? Call your local parks and recreation department to find classes in your area.
  • Contrary to popular thought, drowning happens quietly. Children and adults in distress don't usually yell for help, because all the body's efforts go to breathing.

Ryan Homes Tip: If your home has a pool or hot tub, it should be fenced on four sides. Visit the U.S. Product Safety Commission web site for guidelines on maintaining adequate fences and gates.