West Palm Beach, FL, May 07, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- Swimming pools are a great tool for exercise, relaxation, and hours of family fun. Do not waste all of the benefits of the pool by forgetting about pool safety! One careless move can spell out tragedy for a family. Prevent pool safety mistakes by knowing the best pool safety techniques available. Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches can help promote pool safety by making sure that a backyard pool has all of the required safety precautions before anyone sets foot in the water.
The Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) reports that roughly ten people die every day from unintentional drowning. They report that several factors increase a swimmer’s risk of drowning. These factors include: inability to swim, lack of barriers around the pool, inadequate supervision, failure to have safety equipment, alcohol use, and medical disorders. Children ages one to four are most often the victims of drowning in home swimming pools. Drowning in natural water locations, such as lakes and oceans, increases with age.
Because residential swimming pools can be such a threat to young children, teaching pool safety techniques in this location is especially important. Barriers and supervision are also equally important. Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches is offering free advanced pool safety techniques for their clients and potential clients. The safety of family and friends is important enough to take advantage of this type of free service.
Some of our free advanced pool safety recommendations are similar to recommendations from the CDC. For example, the CDC recommends that adults engage in “touch supervision” with pre-school age children - that is, adults should stay within arm’s reach of a child at any time in order to react quickly if needed. Distracting activities such as playing games, reading, or doing yard work can have disastrous consequences.
In addition, residential pools should also have pool safety structures as well. Be sure that a residential pool has a fence around it. This pool safety technique helps prevent unauthorized swimming as well as swimming that is unsupervised. Many states, including Florida, require that certain barriers be erected around residential swimming pools for safety reasons. The pool should not be able to be entered directly from the home or the play yard. Fencing should be at least four feet high, with gaps that are no more than three inches apart. Be sure that doors leading from the home to the pool are locked at all times and protected by an alarm system. Check local laws and ordinances for more specific information in a certain geographic area.
Gates and doors should have child resistant locks, with self-closing mechanisms. Place the lock high enough above the ground so that children cannot reach it and let themselves in. Perform regular maintenance on the hinges and locks to ensure that they are working properly. Poorly functioning or broken locks will do little to ensure pool safety.
There are many other small pool safety measures that residential pool owners can take as well. Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches is presenting free advanced pool safety techniques to those in the Palm Beach area and beyond. Backyard pools are a great way to relax, but only if the pool owner knows that their loved ones are safe.