Posted on Wednesday June 15, 2016
Summertime is swim time, and for the most part, it’s a full immersion into carefree fun. But without the right swimming pool safety practices, your residents could be at risk.
And 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 10.6 million pools in the country. 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.
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.
If your community doesn’t have a lifeguard as part of the staffing mix, then be sure to institute a policy that all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Post signs and keep residents informed.
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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