Hot Tub and Swimming Pool Safety

Hot Tub and Swimming Pool Safety
December 08/2015

Another very important item to remember Hot Tub and Swimming Pool safety for you AND your kids – when either in or near a swimming pool and/or hot tub. Even if you know how to swim, accidents CAN still happen without warning. Therefore it is imperative that children be supervised at all times, that they are not left alone near a pool/hot tub, that you keep a life-saving floatation device nearby, that adults know CPR techniques, and that you follow all safety rules and regulations.  For a full list of safety guidelines for your swimming pool and hot tub, visit the Canadian Pool and Hot Tub Council of Canada.

Rules of thumb for proper pool and spa safety include:
  • Always swim with a partner, never alone.
  • Know your swimming limits and stay within them. Do not try to keep up with a stronger, skilled swimmer or encourage others to keep up with you. Keep an eye on weaker swimmers-if they appear tired, encourage them to get out of the water and rest.
  • Watch out for the “dangerous too’s”-too tired, too cold, too much sun, too much strenuous activity. Get out of the water immediately if any of these situations occur.
  • Stay away from the main drain, as suction from the pump could entrap you underwater. For more information refer to the Recommended Guidelines – Suction Entrapment Avoidance Provisions.
  • Use common sense regarding food and beverages while swimming. Do not chew gum or eat while you swim; you could easily choke. Never drink alcohol and swim.
  • Use plastic instead of glassware in the pool area.
  • Obey “No Diving” signs. A general rule is to enter feet first into water rather than headfirst.
  • Never dive into an aboveground pool. They are too shallow.
  • Never walk on the pool cover.
  • When the pool is in use, make sure the pool cover is removed completely from the surface.
  • Be aware of changing weather conditions and stay alert for approaching electrical storms. Water conducts electricity so leave the pool immediately when you recognize the signs of an impending storm.
  • Maintain rescue equipment (e.g., pole, rope, shepherd’s crook, personal floatation devices, etc.) and a first aid kit by the pool.
  • Keep a cordless phone poolside. Program the phone with emergency phone numbers and/or post a list of emergency phone numbers in your pool area.
  • Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and basic first aid.
  • Establish a set of pool rules and enforce them.
  • Post a sign of Safety Rules in the pool area. (For more information, refer to theRecommended Guidelines – General Safety Provisions for Pools and Hot Tubs and theSafety Sign – Backyard Pool and Spa Safety Rules.)
  • In case of an emergency call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number.
Oh, and remember! No matter how long you’re outside enjoying in the sun, remember the importance of staying hydrated and protecting your skin!

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