Swimming pools are great fun BUT swimming pools have the potential to be safety hazards. The swimming pool contractors at Best Pool Service in Menifee, California get asked all the time, “what pool safety equipment do you need?” to make the pool as safe as it can be.
Responsible swimming pool ownership needs to be front of mind whether you’re in the pool or if it’s been locked up for the night. Let’s face it, children are notorious for scaling fences or getting into places where they don’t belong! You need to take all safety measures possible to keep the swimming pool safe and children, pets and even adults from getting injured in the pool.
What pool safety equipment do you need?
Having a first aid kit and other pool safety equipment on hand can quickly turn a potentially large injury or mishap into a minor event.
Here’s what you need in a swimming pool and backyard first aid kit:
- Gauze pads
- Insect sting relief
- Antibacterial soap
- Cold compresses
- Antiseptic cream, lotions or towels
Put together a first aid kit and put your supplies into a waterproof/weatherproof container and keep it poolside and make sure it is visibly marked so anyone can easily find it. Check the expiration dates on items annually and replace as needed. Replace items that you have used so you’re prepared the next time an emergency arises.
What pool rescue equipment do you need?
- Life vests — insist on these being worn by children and those who cannot swim. Have life vests of varying sizes available.
- A life hook
- A safety ring buoy
What other safety measures can you take?
- Auto-locking pool gates
- Use a safety swimming pool cover
- Put up a “closed” sign on the pool gate when you’re not in attendance
- Take a CPR class (consider training in the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator) to use in case of a heart attack
- Fire extinguisher (keep this by the fire pit or grill
- Telephone for emergency use. It can certainly be your cell phone just make sure it’s charged and that you’re not being distracted by it.
Make sure everyone who uses the pools knows the rules:
- NEVER swim alone
- NEVER use riding toys on the pool deck
- NEVER run on the pool deck
- NEVER use the diving board if there are a lot of people in the pool
Ask us if you have other safety concerns that you’d like to know more about.