Everybody in the pool: safety tips for a happy summer


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With Memorial Day ushering in the unofficial start of summer, those lucky folks with backyards and swimming pools will be getting ready to enjoy a relaxing dip. Even if you don't have little ones running around at home, family, friends and neighbors who visit you might. Keep things safe by checking out the following advice from the American Red Cross.

Prevent unsupervised access to the water by doing the following:

  • Install and use barriers around your home pool or hot tub. Safety covers and pool alarms should be added as additional layers of protection.
  • Ensure that pool barriers enclose the entire pool area, are at least four feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward and away from the pool. The latch should be high enough to be out of a small child’s reach.
  • If you have an above-ground or inflatable pool, remove access ladders and secure the safety cover whenever the pool is not in use.
  • Remove any structures that provide access to the pool, such as outdoor furniture, climbable trees, decorative walls and playground equipment.
  • Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool.
  • Maintain constant supervision.


Have a fantastic and safe summer!