1. Swimming Safety 101

    Summer is finally here! It’s the time of year when we can soak up the sun, drink lemonade, and relax in the pool whenever we want.

    If you have a pool, you are certainly lucky, but you also need to keep in mind the responsibility that comes with it.

    Did you know, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of drowning ranks 5th among the leading causes of unintentional death in the U.S? Sadly, one in five people who die from drowning are ages 14 and younger.

    Keep these tips from Waterscapes Pools and Spa, the masterminds behind Neal Communities’ casual and elegant pools, in in mind for a safe summer.

     Invest in a pool cover. Anytime your pool isn’t being used, place a cover over it. This will lower chances of someone falling in.

    Invest in a fence. It is recommended for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, that pool owners install a four-sided fence, at least 4 feet high.  Waterscapes will take measurements to create a custom fence for your pool and ensure all requirements are met.

    Consider an alarm. In accordance with the Florida Building code, Waterscapes installs a child safety fence and alarms. This is a removable mesh fence designed with the intent of creating a protective barrier around pools to keep young children and infants safe.  Due to the way it is designed, it is easy for adults to remove, supervise small children around, and replace when needed.

    Enforce No Diving. Make sure visitors know to jump in feet first to avoid head injuries.

    Enforce No Running. If you have a floor around the pool that gets slippery when it’s wet, encourage visitors to walk around your pool instead of running. This will help decrease the likelihood of an injury.

    Keep the water sanitary. Make sure you are cleaning the pool regularly and checking the water for a proper pH level. Otherwise, bacteria and germs can cause sickness and infections to swimmers.

    Keep an eye out. Never leave a child unattended at the pool. Even in a moment’s time, something could happen. Be sure to remove items that might tempt a child to enter the poo, such as beach toys or beach balls.

    Don’t forget the Sunscreen. Even on a cloudy day, your skin is still exposed to the sun. Be sure to lather up to avoid painful burns.

    It’s always a good idea to teach children how to swim if you have a swimming pool or to offer floating devices. The better swimmer they are, the more comfortable you will feel having them around the water. Local YMCA’s and other swimming school offer these lessons all over the Sarasota area.

    Now that you have these tips, jump on in and have some fun in the sun!