Private swimming pools are widely popular and if you have one of these on your property there is a very extensive list of perks for you to take advantage of. Acting in a safe manner is very important for your health and well-being and for others who use the pool so you should always be sure to keep this in mind. Safety guidelines are tailored slightly when it comes to children and whether you are a parent of the kids in or around the pool or someone given the responsibility of keeping a watch over them it is the most vital thing to make sure that they are safe at all times.
Constantly supervise them
History goes to show that only a momentary lapse in concentration can cause an accident and from the viewpoint of a parent or guardian although it may be impossible to never take your eyes off what the children are doing for a split-second you can make sure that you are always around to supervise them. Make sure that you do not leave them unattended at any point and make this completely clear to anyone who looks after the children when they are near to or inside the swimming pool. If the kids have had lessons and are able to swim or are at least familiar with the pool then they can use it at home of course. However, they still require supervision as accidents and struggles while they are swimming are still perfectly possible.
Taking care of those who cannot swim
With regard to the particularly young children and those that have not yet learned to swim you have to make sure that they do not play around the edge of the pool. If they are playing with toys then these can easily end up in the pool and if the child tries to retrieve it then it is very likely that they will fall in.
Above ground pools
If you have an above ground pool on your property then you have to make sure that this is child-proof on the occasions that you are not using it. Make sure that the steps leading into it are taken away so the children are not able to climb in.
Keep the area clear
The edge of the swimming pool should be free of all possible hazards apart from one exception. It is highly recommended that you have equipment close by in the event of any accidents.
Article written by Sarah Neill, an above ground pool expert writing on behalf of Build-your-pool.com.