Summertime is swim time, and for the most part, it’s a plunge into carefree fun. But without the right swimming pool safety practices, your residents and association could be at risk.
When you consider the sheer number of pools and swimmers in North America, safety becomes even more important. Swimming is the most popular recreational activity for children and teens ages 7 to 17 in the U.S. They have ample opportunities, with 10.7 million pools in the country. The overwhelming majority of those - 10.4 million - are private pools.
In Canada, there are around 1.1 million pools. The most recent studies available place swimming as the third most popular sport of choice in that country, trailing only extremely popular mainstays like hockey and golf. More than a million Canadian children participated in a swimming program in 2017.
Clearly, swimming pool safety is paramount. Here are some tips to keep in mind all summer long.
Ideally, your community pool is staffed with a trained and certified lifeguard. A good property management company can help you hire this professional, and they can assist with ongoing training, too. Remember that your busier pool hours may require multiple lifeguards. In some states, like New Jersey, pool size is a factor in lifeguard requirements.
“It’s important to have a policy that all children under a certain age must be accompanied by an adult, preferably a parent or guardian,” said Rick Dingle, vice president at FirstService Residential. “If you don’t have a lifeguard, you must post signs indicating that there is no lifeguard and that all using the pool are swimming at their own risk and indicating basic safety rules such as no glass, no running, no diving, etcetera.”
The last thing you want during pool season is a malfunction or a breakdown. We have tips to help you avoid those headaches – just look here and here. Make sure your safety equipment is in good working order, and watch those chemical levels to make sure they’re adjusted for the season. Also, encourage residents to swim only when they’re healthy – community pools can be a place for viruses to spread.
For more community swimming pool safety, check out water safety and swim safety from the Red Cross.
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