With May being National Water Safety Month, these tips regarding layers of protection come to us from our friends at APSP. These safety layers address access, emergency support, and personal protection.
Adult Supervision. This is the single-most important layer of protection when it comes to all ages of swimmers.
Fencing. Local building codes generally require fencing. These are minimum requirements and you may wish to add additional barriers. Safety fences come in a variety of styles and levels of security.
Automatic and Manual Safety Covers. These covers prevent access to the pool water and should meet ASTM-F13-46 standard.
Locking Hot Tub Cover. Recommended for all portable hot tubs and spas and should meet the ASTM F1346-91 safety standard.
Alarms. Alarms for entrance doors, gates, and floating alarms alert using a loud piercing sounds.
Rope and Float Line. These are often used to separate the shallow and deep ends of the pool.
Life Ring (donut) and Shepherd’s Crook (hook). These can be used to pull from the pool to safety. They need to be easily and readily accessible.
First Aid Kit. This should be readily accessible and properly stocked.
Emergency Information. Signs for CPR and emergency contact should be posted in the pool site. These are available at any pool supply center.
Telephone. Always have a cordless or cell phone nearby for emergency contact.
Sunscreen. Always protect your skin from sunburn and long term damage caused by the sun.
Toys. Games, and Floating Devices. These should always be age appropriate for specific users and stored away when not in use.
Maintenance Supplies. Keep supplies in a locked storage area. Follow label instructions for proper storage procedures.
In recognition of the popularity of swimming and other water-related recreational activities in the United States, and the resulting need for ongoing public education on safer water practices, the month of May is National Water Safety Month!
National Water Safety month will be celebrated through educational programs, public service announcements, governmental proclamations, dealer and business promotions and the distribution of water-safety themed materials, aimed primarily at the public.
Visit www.nationalwatersafetymonth.org for more information about how you can promote water safety all year long.