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Summer Swimming Pool Safety Tips From The Pool and Hot Tub Council of Canada

If you’ve got a swimming pool, you’re likely spending Toronto’s record-breaking heat wave lounging in and around your pool. As noted in some of our previous blogs, it’s important to be aware of potential issues with pool ownership.  As the saying goes, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ With this in mind, we’d like to present the following general pool safety tips courtesy of The Pool and Hot Tub Council of Canada:

  • Always swim with a partner, never alone.
  • Know your swimming limits and stay within them. Do not try to keep up with a stronger, skilled swimmer or encourage others to keep up with you. Keep an eye on weaker swimmers-if they appear tired, encourage them to get out of the water and rest.
  • Watch out for the “dangerous too’s”-too tired, too cold, too much sun, too much strenuous activity. Get out of the water immediately if any of these situations occur.
  • Stay away from the main drain, as suction from the pump could entrap you underwater.
  • Use common sense regarding food and beverages while swimming. Do not chew gum or eat while you swim; you could easily choke. Never drink alcohol and swim.
  • Use plastic instead of glassware in the pool area.
  • Obey “No Diving” signs. A general rule is to enter feet first into water rather than headfirst.
  • Never dive into an aboveground pool. They are too shallow.
  • Never walk on the pool cover.
  • When the pool is in use, make sure the pool cover is removed completely from the surface.
  • Be aware of changing weather conditions and stay alert for approaching electrical storms. Water conducts electricity so leave the pool immediately when you recognize the signs of an impending storm.
  • Maintain rescue equipment (e.g., pole, rope, shepherd’s crook, personal floatation devices, etc.) and a first aid kit by the pool.
  • Keep a cordless phone poolside. Program the phone with emergency phone numbers and/or post a list of emergency phone numbers in your pool area.
  • Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and basic first aid.
  • Establish a set of pool rules and enforce them.
  • Post a sign of Safety Rules in the pool area.
  • In case of an emergency call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number.

Drowning is a silent danger – people who are drowning rarely look like they do in movies, where they are depicted as flailing about and making lots of noise. Children who are drowning will often draw little attention to themselves and are unable to call out or shout. This is why children should be very closely supervised when swimming and never left alone – not even for a moment to grab a drink or the phone.

Small children should never be left in a swimming pool out of arm’s each. If your child, their friends or even adults are not strong swimmers, they should be wearing lifejackets or have access to a safe floatation device – even better, consider enrolling weaker swimmers in swimming lessons to improve their confidence in the water.

The Pool and Hot Tub Council of Canada is a non-profit national association whose members are companies, individuals and organizations involved in the pool and hot tub industries that promotes the safe enjoyment of swimming pools and hot tubs. For more information on pool safety, please visit The Pool and Hot Tub Council of Canada.

Have a safe and fun summer!

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