I wasn’t going to write about swimming pool safety because it’s done a lot but I keep hearing about children drowning.
Drownings should never happen and yet they continue to occur. We run the risk of familiarity with the topic and often skip over it. If the children are out of the home, we tend to stop thinking about it, but it starts all over again when the grandchildren arrive. This Valley and Tucson have tons of pools (How is that for using a precise number). Barriers are a biggy for child safety today. The older pool fences were a little too wide, so if you have the newer ones, the openings are narrower making it more of a challenge. These gates should have self-closing and self-latching mechanisms even if they are a pain to use. Especially when you are carrying your glass beer bottles (which is no, no). If Russians are hacking you it’s a “het, het” (Google translating this lets you find out this means a "no no"). I have seen a few homes include the pool gate in their home security system, so when they are not using it, the alarm on pool gate is set. Don’t leave children's toys in the pool nor inside the fence because children see them as a big flashing invitation to come right in. Toys are a natural attraction to kids and can become a personal challenge for your future bridge building engineer or little ninja. If they can get cookies off the kitchen counter when they are 30 inches tall, do you really think the pool fence is that big a challenge for them? Keep a long pole in the pool area. Most of us have the skimmer on a long pole for cleaning the floating debris which works great if you have to reach someone in the pool. If you have a play pool and can easily stand in there it’s fine but if you have not been alert and the small child is not moving get them out asap. If you have trouble swimming you do not want to go in water over your head either. You can install a safety net designed for pools. These are a great idea and when it's colder, you can put a pool cover over the water as well. The netting helps keep the child above the water and gives them something more solid to grab onto. Not learning CPR is no excuse because there are way too many classes offered here not to learn this life saving skill. When children are in the pool, designate one adult to be the lifeguard. Give them a hat (my personal favorite is one of those safari hats), to wear so they are the designated child watcher. Hopefully this will be more of a reminder so when they hear their cell phone ring or need more ice in their beverage, wearing the hat will remind them not to think they can "dash" in the house for ice or get their cell phone.
Now I know you probably have heard of most of these which is where the familiarity comes in but it never hurts to be reminded as we move into the pool season.
Make sure you take that Guinness in a can to the pool area and enjoy the children and water this year.