The summer sun means poolside fun:
3 tips to avoid accidents in the water
June 23, 2015
There can be no greater feeling than basking in the warm summer sun’s rays while the kids and friends romp in the cool waters of the family swimming pool. It’s a pastime that can create memories that last a lifetime - steaks on the BBQ, a cool drink on the patio table, laughter and music – yet while families look forward to the backyard fun in sun, they must also be aware of pool safety tips to safeguard against accidents that can happen in the water. Accidents can and do happen whether you’re the cause or the victim, and you want to ensure that your life will not be forever changed because you did not have the proper liability insurance. While your insurance can protect your best interests, we’ve included a few tips to help you protect your loved ones and keep them safe while enjoying the poolside fun.
Stay Close and be Alert
Always watch your children when they are in or near the pool. Make sure that you are aware of basic water safety tips and that you relay those tips to your kids, and ensure that either you or a professional swimming teacher provide swimming lessons. Along with the food and cool drinks, always have a portable phone close by at all times, and make sure your kids and visitors are aware of where the pool drains, pipes and other openings are to avoid an entrapment or accident.
Learn and Practice Water Safety Skills
If you don’t know how to swim, learn. Stat! You should also take the precaution of learning CPR on both children and adults and upgrade those skills regularly. If you understand the basic water lifesaving skills, you can assist in pool side emergencies before the professionals arrive. Prevention can be the ultimate precaution against accidents.
Have the Proper Safety Equipment
You should install a fence, preferably four feet in height or taller, around your pool with a self-latching gate and always maintain a pool cover in good working order. Pool covers are also sold with locks these days if you prefer. Safety and floating devices should also be kept poolside to aid in any water related accidents. Ensure that your pool has a complaint drain cover, and if you are unsure if you have one, ask your pool care provider. Additionally, you can install an alarm near your gated pool to alert you as to when your kids go near the water.
Whether you’re in the market for liability insurance, or any other Ohio insurance, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’d love to hear from you to discuss your options. Lengal Financial is a proud provider of Columbus insurance.