2565 US Hwy 67 South
Festus, MO 63628
Swimming Pool Safety Guidelines
By Nick Scott
Swimming pool safety is the main component for happy swimming Swimming is a very old leisure pursuit. From the distant past to recent history it is one of the most pleasurable and wholesome leisure activities. In olden times being able to swim was acknowledged to be a necessity for a well brought up person. Today, swimming pools are a major attraction in both vacation and work times and swimming pool safety as well as the proper pool chemical use are the primary ingredients for a good time swimming.
Part of the appeal of a swimming pool is its clear sparkling water. Opaque or off color water is not inviting to dive into and may be dangerous. You would never dive into a vat of poison, so make sure your swimming pool is as clean as it is beautiful.
The proper pool chemicals keep the ph balance correct, this helps minimise overall chemical use These need to be tested daily and used every week to be most efficient.
Safety with Chemicals
Pool chemical levels need to be correct for the healthiest and safest pool for children. Pool chemicals should be kept in a cool, dry place. Don't swim in your pool for at least one hour after you have altered the chemical balance in your pool.
Remember:Don't ever mix swimming pool chemicals with other swimming pool chemicals. fire or explosion can result.
If you don't use your pool in the winter, there are steps you must take to close down your pool, but more important there are special pool chemicals to use when you are ready to swim again. You will need to bring the ph back up to around 8 this must be maintained during the summer. Germs can grow if the ph balance isn't correct in a swimming pool. Too much chlorine is also unhealthy. The ph balance can be kept correct by the proper pool chemicals.
All the adults and children who are swimming should be aware of safety in swimming pools.
Swimming Pool Safety, particularly with Children:
A high fence around the pool that has a secure gate will protect small children from wandering in to see the shimmering water and falling in. Make sure toddlers can't climb over the fence.
Of course, swimming pools were made to be used so a good barrier is just the first step. Adults need to know the non swimmers around the pool. When a party is by the pool the best safety precaution is an adult watching the splashing children, preferably an adult who has had lessons in swimming pool safety, CPR and lifesaving. An adult should be within touching distance of any child who is under three year's old or is a non swimmer. It is always good for anyone under three or non swimmers to wear some kind of floatation device. When it is not possible to always be near swimmers or children playing by a pool it is good to have a long pole or life preserver so anyone can reach someone who is too far away to touch. Even someone who doesn't swim can do this.
Safety is also important for paddling pools for very young children They may not need pool chlorine granules or other swimming pool chemicals because the water might be changed frequently but remember:Swimming pool safety is just as important even when the water is very shallow because even one inch can be dangerous for a toddler.
Be sure to empty the pool when there is no adult to watch the children. Swimming pool safety needs diligence from every adult present by the pool. Taking precautions like these means that, your swimming session can be more enjoyable because it is anxiety free and there is no risk of tragedy.
2565 US Hwy 67 South
Festus, MO 63628
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