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Aquablue - General Safety Guidelines

General Safety Guidelines

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General Safety Tips:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In case of an emergency call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number.

Special Precautions for Children:

 

  • ALWAYS supervise children when they are in or around your pool or any water environment (e.g., stream, bathtub, toilet, bucket of water), no matter what skills your child has acquired and no matter how shallow the water.
  • Create layers of safety around your pool and spa in order to prevent access by young children.
  • Fences should conform to local by-laws with self-closing, self-latching gates that are kept in good working order. Do not leave any furniture near the fence so that a child could climb over into the pool area.
  • If your house forms one side of the barrier to the pool, then doors leading from the house to the pool should be equipped with alarms that sound when the doors are unexpectedly opened.
  • For additional protection, use a power safety cover (i.e., a motor-powered barrier placed over the water surface).
  • Ensure the transition from shallow to deep end is clearly identified using a float line or rope.
  • Keep children away from the main drain, as suction from the pump could entrap them underwater.
  • Do not leave toys in the water. Toys can lure a child into the pool.
  • Ensure that children enter the water feet first.
  • Keep all chemical products away from children.
  • Enroll your children in swimming classes and/or a water safety course.
  • Establish and enforce a set of pool rules.
  • Never use flotation devices or inflatable toys to replace adult supervision.
  • Do not use air-filled swimming aids as substitutes for approved life vests.
  • Do not allow children to eat or chew gum while in the water to prevent choking.
  • Parents and anyone supervising children should know cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and basic first aid.
  • Do not assume young children will use good judgment and caution around the water. Children must be constantly reminded to walk slowly in the pool area and only to enter the water with you.
  • Be aware of changing weather conditions and stay alert for approaching electrical storms. Water conducts electricity so get everyone out of the pool immediately when you recognize the signs of an impending storm.
  • After you are done swimming, secure the pool so children cannot enter.
  • Drain all backyard wading or 'splasher-type' pools after every use.
  • For aboveground pools, steps and ladders to the pool should be secured or removed when the pool is not in use.
  • Drain standing water that collects on the cover when the pool is not in use.

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