Once you’ve had access to your pool long enough, it’s easy to take it for granted that nothing bad can happen. 

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. With that in mind, read over these safety tips and keep them in mind whenever you hit the pool this summer.

  • If you don’t already have one, install a fence or barrier around your pool. It should be at least four feet high.

  • Keep your pool covered when you’re not using it.

  • Keep ladders and steps put away once you’re out of the pool especially if you’ve got curious or stubborn kids who want just a little more time in the water.

  • Make sure the door or fence to your enclosed pool has a lock and is kept locked when you’re not using it. If nothing else, keep it locked with the kids or grandkids are around.

  • Install a pool alarm to go off when someone gets in the pool without telling you first. Even an alarm that goes off when the door opens is helpful.

  • Supervise children around the pool at all times. The adults can take turns watching them so everyone gets a chance to have fun and relax.

  • Make a list of safety rules and enforce them. You’ll want to add “no running,” “don’t swim alone,” and maybe a “no diving” rule to the list.

  • Enroll in a CPR class if you don’t know and get everyone else in your home enrolled too.

  • Get your kids into swim class if they don’t know how yet.

  • The smallest kids and worst swimmers should use life jackets, water wings, and other flotation devices.

  • Teach children to stay away from pool drains. They can be caught in the drain and get hurt or drown.

In the summer - or anytime our Tampa weather allows - is a good time to jump in the pool. Make sure everyone stays safe so that a fun time doesn’t end in everyone’s worst nightmare. This time of year should be filled with fun, laughter, and plenty of splashing. Hopefully these safety tips will keep it that way for everyone.