While swimming pools can provide significant fun and fitness, it’s important to keep safety in the front of your mind at all times. Above-ground pool safety is our number one priority at Doughboy Pools. Here, we discuss some tips for above-ground pool safety that will help you enjoy your pool without any worries.
At Doughboy, we advise pool users to follow our 6 Safety Steps. The way we like to say it is “Think ‘S.A.F.E.T.Y.’ first.”
- “S” Swim And Wade Only.
- “A” Adult Supervision Is Always Required.
- “F” First-Time Users Run The Highest Risk Of Injury.
- “E” Electricity And Water Are A Fatal Mix.
- “T” Teasing, Roughhousing And Horseplay Do Not Belong In The Pool Area.
- “Y” You Should Not Permit Alcohol Or Drugs At Your Pool.
Above-Ground Pool Safety: How to Reduce Risk and Improve Enjoyment
Remember, above-ground pool safety refers to more than just people’s ability to swim. It also involves the nature of the entire swimming environment. Pools can be hazardous if not properly maintained or used with caution. Therefore, bring the following practices into your pool experience so people can use your pool safely.
1. Have rules for pool use.
Having rules for above-ground pool use is a non-negotiable part of pool safety. These rules include
- no diving
- no running around the pool
- no horseplay
It’s also important to have rules for swimming alone. Children should always swim with an adult present, and non-swimmers should wear a life jacket. Make sure everyone who uses the pool is aware of the rules and understands the importance of following them.
2. Keep rescue equipment nearby.
It’s important to have rescue equipment on hand in case of an emergency. This can include a life jacket, a life ring, or a pool noodle. Make sure these items are easily accessible and within reach of the pool. You should also have a phone near the pool in case you need to call for help.
3. Supervise children.
One of the most important things you must do to keep children safe around the pool is to supervise them at all times. Children should never be left unattended near the pool, even for a moment. Make sure an adult is within arm’s reach of the children at all times, and always watch them closely while they are in the pool.
4. Keep the pool area clean.
A clean pool area is essential for safety. Debris such as leaves and sticks can create tripping hazards and make the pool slippery. It’s important to regularly clean the pool area and remove any accumulated debris. Ensure the pool deck is free of sharp objects, such as broken glass or toys, that could cause injury.
5. Learn CPR.
Knowing how to perform CPR can be a lifesaving skill in the event of a pool emergency. Taking a CPR class can prepare you to assist someone who has been submerged in the water. You can find CPR classes offered by local organizations, such as the American Red Cross or your local hospital.
6. Wear sunscreen.
Swimming for extended periods of time can lead to sunburn, which can be painful and potentially dangerous to your health. To protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, make sure to wear sunscreen with a high SPF rating. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially after swimming. Sunscreen not only helps to prevent sunburn, but it also helps to reduce the risk of skin cancer.
How Doughboy Promotes Above-Ground Pool Safety
Doughboy’s comprehensive safety promotion program has set the bar for the entire above-ground pool sector. We include a safety package with every pool we sell which includes all necessary signs, liner decals, and a handbook titled “Read Me First for Pool Safety” along with a Safety DVD. It is crucial to properly place the safety decals and signage in the designated areas around your pool. The best part? This package is available at no cost to you.
Contact us for more information on our above-ground pool safety materials. We always want you to enjoy your Doughboy Pool and be safe doing it!