Pool safety is everybody's responsibility!
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) April 22, 2014
With the spring season finally making an appearance, it is once again that time when pool owners, resort facility staff, waterpark managers, and municipal workers begin making their to-do lists in preparation for opening day. All too often though, the emphasis for pool opening prep is put on tasks like cleaning and water conditioning without enough attention paid to safety. While sparkling blue water without a floating leaf in sight are definitely important goals, they do little to guarantee the health and well-being of swimmers. In this country roughly ten people die every day from unintentional drowning, a tragic statistical reality that is absolutely preventable. For that reason, as well as to promote general safe and fun aquatic activity across the entire pool and water recreation industries, the month of May has now been designated as the National Water Safety Month for the public and all pool professionals.
National Water Safety Month is the product of a partnership between the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP), the American Red Cross, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), and the World Waterpark Association (WWA). It is meant to bring awareness to safety in all aquatic activities at home pools, resorts, waterparks, and public facilities. Even more specifically, it is meant to create a culture of vigilance and responsibility when it comes to adults’ roles in maintaining safe spaces for children to swim.
In order to keep families and friends safely enjoying the water this summer, it is important to follow some of the National Water Safety Month’s key guidelines before declaring the pool season officially open:
- Be sure that all children being allowed in the pool have received adequate instruction in swimming and general pool safety.
- Always designate an adult as the official pool supervisor especially when children are in or near the water.
- As a pool owner, be sure to learn CPR and keep detailed instructions posted in the event that you are not present but other less experienced adults are.
- Install proper pool fences or barriers, and pool gates with alarms to ensure that children are not able to gain access to a pool without your knowledge.
A complete list of pool safety tips can be found online on the National Water Safety Month website. For Arizona residents, it is a good idea to familiarize oneself with the Arizona Department of Health Services residential pool safety regulations. It is a great example of proactive state involvement in such an important public safety issue.
Swimming pools are wonderful communal spaces that bring neighbors, family, and friends together all summer to get some relief from the heat and enjoy each other’s company. For that reason, it is important to treat water safety as a communal responsibility by recognizing National Water Safety Month this May. Consider attending or even holding a water safety event to get more ideas as to how to make the swimming pool a safe and enjoyable space. You can also contact DCS Pool Barriers with any pool barrier or safety equipment inquiries that you might have. Here is to safe and happy swimming!
DCS Pool Barriers, LLC has been serving the Metro Phoenix area since 2003. As a licensed contractor (ROC #186558), their highly trained and experienced installers will ensure that each home will pass all State and City swimming pool safety barrier regulations and requirements. DCS Pool Barriers manufactures gate and pool fence systems to ensure they provide the highest quality product and to pass along cost savings to the customers. They offer everything from sliding door closers to swimming pool fencing, pool safety nets and pool gates. This May for National Water Safety Month, call and get a free estimate for a pool fence and gate, sliding door repairs or any other pool barrier requirements.