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KEEPING A SWIMMING POOL SAFE

Having a swimming pool in your complex is a great luxury, especially if you live in an area where it gets hot during the summer months. There is nothing like getting home from work and cooling off in the communal pool or spending the weekends lounging around, sunbathing and chatting with friends. However, when it comes to enjoying the many luxuries of a swimming pool, it is critical to also ensure that the pool area is safe at all times.

Most swimming pools must be fenced in as part of the local council regulations. This is for the safety of the renters and homeowners as well. However, even a fence cannot keep eager children from jumping into the pool unsupervised. Children drowning are one of the biggest concerns for renters looking for a place to live where there is a swimming pool.

Safe Swimming Starts with You

The first thing to remember when it comes to swimming pool safety is that all children must be supervised at all times. Even if your child is a good swimmer, you need to be there just in case. If you are living in a complex, explain to your children about the rules of the swimming pool right away. Most children as young as 1 love the water and will be eager to dive in, even if this means sneaking down the steps and through the gate when you are not looking.

Swimming pools should all have a life saving device (or two) as well as a few signs about how to perform CPR. In larger complexes, there may also be a defibrillator, blanket and first aid kit in site. Before you swim, familiarize yourself with these objects just in case. Keep a cell phone nearby to contact an ambulance if there is a swimming pool emergency.

One of the biggest concerns with swimming pools is that they get slippery. Keeping water in the pool and away from the edges is almost as impossible as keeping mold off your bike. However, you can keep a swimming pool safe by always walking lightly around the pool and never running. Many swimming pools that are made with concrete are also less slippery than other deck surfaces such as timber and fiberglass. You may also want to invest in a pair of thongs or slip-on shoes to keep handy when you do go for a swim as these shoes can offer more traction and control when you are walking around the pool. They will also protect your feet from dirt, debris or glass that may be around the edge.

Eat, Play, Swim Safely

Most swimming pools also have strict rules about food and drink in the premises. If your swimming pool also comes with barbeque and eating facilities, then you are probably allowed to bring your own food down to the picnic area. However, in almost all instances, there is a 'no glass bottle' and 'no alcohol' rule. If a glass bottle breaks, you are looking at a hazard to all swimmers walking around in bare feet. Furthermore, mixing swimming and alcohol is never a good idea.

Keeping a swimming pool safe starts with you. What this means is that you need to obey the rules laid out. Keeping an eye on your children at all times, avoiding glass and alcohol, keeping the fence and gate shut behind you and walking, not running, in the pool area are just some of the rules to follow. You can enjoy the relaxing, the exercise and the fun that a complex swimming pool can provide as long as you remain safe and in control at all times.

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