As the temperatures start rising, many families will flock to the pool to beat the heat. While swimming can be a fun activity, it can also be potentially dangerous. Almost half of all pool-related injuries occur at residential pools. What happens when some slips and falls at your pool? What kind of liability coverage does your homeowners policy provide? If you’re not sure, take the time to talk to your local agent to review your coverage.

Drowning is the number one leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-4 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to protect children from drowning. By understanding and sharing safety tips, parents can help prevent drowning related injuries/deaths. Here are some tips for a fun and safe summer!

Pool Safety

  • Never leave children alone in or around the pool.
  • Surround your pool with a fence that is tall and sturdy.
  • Make sure the gates self-close and the latch is out of a child’s reach.
  • Keep rescue equipment and phone near the pool.
  • Do not swim when the there is a storm or lightning in the vicinity.
  • Keep electronics away from the pool and wet surfaces.
  • Do not swim alone or let others swim alone.
  • Have someone who knows CPR supervising.

Health Safety

  • Don’t let children with diarrhea swim in the pool. It can spread germs into the water and make others sick.
  • Try to keep children from swallowing the pool water.
  • Be sure to apply sunscreen 30 mins before going in the pool.
  • Never swim after drinking alcohol, eating or taking medications.
  • Wear sunglasses to help protect your eyes against UV rays.

     

    Be Protected. Get Prepared.