McKinney, Frisco, and Plano, as well as outlying communities, have associations which have community pools, clubhouses, and other amenities like tennis courts and playgrounds. But how do these associations ensure kid safety? Or how can you make sure your child is safe at the pool?
Did you know that nearly 400 children under the age of 15 drown in pools and spas every year? Of those, 300 are under the age of five and 85% occur in residential swimming pools and backyard hot tubs.
Most associations will have rules posted which are likely to say:
- Swimmers must be free of colds and other contagious diseases.
- No hairpins, barrettes, jewelry or glasses.
- No food, drink, or gum anywhere on deck.
- No recreational equipment unless authorized by a lifeguard.
- All must shower before using pool.
- No spitting or blowing nose in the pool.
- All children must be accompanied by an adult.
- No running, pushing, dunking, or rough play in pool area, showers, or locker rooms.
- No diving in shallow end.
- Do not stand, play, or jump off ladders or railings.
- Stay clear of handicap ramp and railings at all times.
- All injuries must be reported to the lifeguard on duty.
- Always enter the water forward without flipping.
While this is a given, there are some other basic rules to help keep your children safe around the pool.
Is not necessarily about the children knowing how to swim. Most incidents involving a very capable swimmer who’s either trapped by a pool drain or gets a cramp and cannot swim to safety. The best way to prevent pool accidents is to have multiple layers of protection including adult supervision, safety barriers, and any alarms. Regular inspections and training is also a good idea.
Here are some basic safety steps to take.
Make sure your kid knows how to swim.
Before your child gets into any water that could be over his or her head, make sure they understand the basics of swimming. Kids who don’t know how to swim have a 70% higher chance of drowning.
Make sure there’s a designated watcher.
There may be a lot of places without lifeguards, so make sure there is someone watching the kids at all times. Young adults and older teenagers may be distracted by texting or reading so it’s important to have someone on a 15 to 30-minute shift watching the kids at all times.
Have barriers or other safety measures.
Even if you don’t have kids, many incidents happen in backyard swimming pools to people that don’t even have children. Kids wander in, pets or animals can find access, so it’s important to have a fence or safety net around your swimming pool.
Safety nets or mesh covers.
These have come into use in the past 15 years and you can secure a net or mesh cover that anchors around your pool. It does take a little bit of extra time to put it on and off, so it’s better for people who use their swimming pools less often.
It’s important to get an alarm for any door or gate leading to your pool. This alarm should have a distinct sound so that you’ll know immediately when a door to the pool is opened. And this also should go for pet doors as well.
Inspect your pool regularly.
A lot of incidents can happen on and neglected swimming pool. You should have your pool inspected at least once a year by a license pool inspectors and service people. Make sure it’s functioning properly, that there’s no risk of an electrical shock, and that the drain is working properly.
Above all, there should be someone that understands how to implement CPR when necessary. This literally could save a life if all the other safety issues fail.
This is perfect for backyard swimming pools and hot tubs but also for community associations. If you’re concerned about your Association swimming pool ask management how they plan on keeping the pool safe for children of all ages.
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