Having a swimming pool quickly makes your home an attractive summertime spot. Whether you enjoy it with family or with friends and neighbors, it’s important to avoid common pitfalls. Five common mistakes made by pool owners include:

1. Not reading directions when using pool chemicals. Chemicals are essential to keep water healthy and germ-free. When they’re not used correctly, or used without gloves and protective eye wear, injuries can occur. Injuries from pool chemicals include burns, skin and eye injuries, and respiratory injuries from chlorine gas. One important tip is to never add chlorine to a small amount of water first before adding it to the pool. Doing this releases a dangerous gas that seriously injures lungs when it’s breathed in. Instead, pour chlorine into the pool without diluting it.

2. Pay attention to pool safety. Never leave children unattended, even if they’ve had swimming lessons. Always have a responsible adult present who is not distracted by things like the phone, lawnmower or eating. Adults can take turns vigilantly watching the pool to keep it safe. Hiring a lifeguard is also a good move, especially if there are a lot of people using the pool. There is a mistaken belief that people will hear another person drowning, but it usually happens silently.

3. Have safety fences surrounding pools so kids can’t get into them unintentionally. It’s surprising how little time it takes for a child to get into the pool and how quickly that can lead to catastrophe. This is especially true among young boys under age five. According to the CDC, drowning is the number one cause of accidental injury and death among young children ages one to four. Have a fence surrounding the pool on four sides, along with gates and locks that kids cannot reach. There are also¬†wrist alarms that kids can wear that sound once the child enters the water.

4. Make swimming lessons a priority when the pool is used by family members to increase pool safety. In young children, consider how much they’ll be using the pool and if they’re physically and emotionally mature enough to take swimming lessons. Lessons can begin as young as age one.

5. Have one or several family members trained in CPR. Providing CPR to someone who has drowned, before they can get to appropriate medical care, helps things turn out better. There is less chance for brain damage and severe injury if CPR is started right away.

Everyone Loves A Refreshing Swim

Swimming pools provide refreshing summertime entertainment. They’re enjoyed even more if you pay attention to safety when using them. Everyone can help take responsibility for keeping the pool area a safe, fun place to be.