Pool Safety for Dummies

When enjoying your pool in summer it is quite easy to forget that a pool can, in fact, be quite dangerous. If, however, you follow some basic safety protocols, the danger can be minimised. Naturally, the major concern when it comes to pools is someone drowning – it is wise to know what to do in the event that someone gets themselves into trouble in your pool.

Of course, the primary concern is to keep those that cannot swim out of harm’s way. Having an inspector come out and do pool inspections in Brisbane is a great way to see if your pool is up to Queensland’s safety standards. (These were instated as an answer to the number of young children drowning and they have drastically reduced this number.)

Once kiddies are in the pool area, however, you need to make sure that they are properly supervised in order to avoid accidents. One of the rules that should always be adhered to is that rough-housing should be kept to a minimum. Kids should be taught from an early age what acceptable behaviour in the pool is – they should never be encouraged to push or shove anyone into the pool, etc. /p>

Naturally though, accidents are going to happen. It is wise to have someone in the house able to administer first aid. There are several first aid courses available and you really should do refresher courses annually. These will teach you how to deal with a crises situation if it should develop. There are, of course, things that you can do without the aid of formal training, however, and a lot of these are common sense.

First and foremost in an instance where someone is in danger of drowning is to get their head above water and to call an ambulance. Get them to the side of the pool and lay them on their side in the recovery position. Open their mouth and try to get the water out. Check for a blue tinge around the lips – this is a sign that they are oxygen deprived. Should they not be breathing, now is the time to apply CPR – note that CPR should really only be applied by someone that knows what they are doing. Take note of everything that you have done and try to ascertain how long the person was under water for, etc. These details need to be communicated to emergency personnel.

In the long run though, prevention is much better than cure and making sure that there are strict guidelines when it comes to pool safety is vital. Have a plan in place in the event of an emergency and assign everyone in the family roles to play. Make sure that everyone understands these roles and what they should do in an emergency situation. Get your pool safety certificate to ensure that your pool area is as safe as possible.

The most important thing is not to be complacent. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye and it is only through being thoroughly prepared or very lucky that tragedy can be avoided. Which would you rather rely on in an emergency?