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11 Best Practices to Protect Your Loved Ones from Swimming Pool Hazards

11 Best Practices to Protect Your Loved Ones from Swimming Pool Hazards

When warm weather rolls around, outdoor activities are plenty, and cooling off in the pool is high on the list. With this comes the important responsibility of ensuring everyone’s safety so that there is nothing but good times to be had. These are some simple ways to make sure that your friends and family are safe around your pool.

1. Install a Fence

There should be a fence that completely surrounds the pool area. This will prevent children from entering alone. The fence should be at least 4 feet high, self-closing and self-latching, and climb-resistant.

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2. Electrical Devices Should be Put Away

Electrical devices, including any outdoor entertainment equipment, should be away from not only the pool, but any wet surfaces. When using electrical devices outside, plug them into a GFCI to ensure that if anything does happen, they are protected.

3. A Strong Swimming Adult Should Supervise Children

When there are infants and toddlers in the pool, and adult should be in the water holding the child to ensure their safety. If there are older children in the pool, there should be an adult in the water paying attention to what the children are doing, and avoid being distracted by talking on the phone or drinking. Children should never be allowed to swim alone, regardless of their own swimming ability.

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4. Install an Alarm on the Door Leading to Outside

There should be an alarm on any doors that lead out to the pool, and alarms on any pool gates. This practice will ensure that if there are any children trying to gain access to the pool without any supervision that someone will be aware of the action and proceed appropriately. It will also let homeowners know if anyone unknown to them is trying to gain access to the pool or to the home via the pool area.

5. Enforce Pool Rules

This is the key to preventing accidents at the pool. These rules should include no diving at the shallow end, stay away from drains, and no running on the pool deck. These are the keys to making sure that you and your loved ones have a fun time at the pool with little risk for accidents.

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6. Cover the Pool When Not in Use

Covering a pool is no longer the hassle that it used to be. Many companies offer automatic pool covers that are motorized for ease of access. A covered pool looks less appealing to an unsupervised child, and may save them from injury if they do want to go into the pool.

7. Make Sure Drain Covers are Intact

Exposed drains are a hazard to all swimmers. A person could become stuck to a drain—if this is the case, take your hand and pry it between the person’s body and the drain to break the suction rather than trying to pull their body from it.

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8. Keep a Stocked First Aid Kit Nearby

There are bound to be bumps and bruises when playing outside, even scraped knees on a pool deck that needs resurfacing. Having these things on hand near the pool will allow faster attention to minor injuries at the pool.

9. Diving Should be Prohibited

In general, diving should not be allowed unless there is a specific area of the pool that is designated for diving safely. The areas that are restricted from diving should be marked, as well as the water depth in various levels.

10. Life-Saving Equipment Should be Accessible

Your life-saving equipment should include a reaching pole or rescue hook, life preservers, and a rope with lifesaving rings. These should be kept in the pool area, ensuring quick access in case of an emergency.

11. Store Chemicals Away from the Pool

Follow the storage instructions designated by the chemical makers, as well as the usage instructions that are recommended by the manufacturer. They should be stored out of sight and in a place that is not accessible to children that might want to play with them.

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Last Updated on February 25, 2020

Face Adversity with a Smile

Face Adversity with a Smile

I told my friend Graham that I often cycle the two miles from my house to the town centre but unfortunately there is a big hill on the route. He replied, ‘You mean fortunately.’ He explained that I should be glad of the extra exercise that the hill provided.

My attitude to the hill has now changed. I used to grumble as I approached it but now I tell myself the following. This hill will exercise my heart and lungs. It will help me to lose weight and get fit. It will mean that I live longer. This hill is my friend. Finally as I wend my way up the incline I console myself with the thought of all those silly people who pay money to go to a gym and sit on stationery exercise bicycles when I can get the same value for free. I have a smug smile of satisfaction as I reach the top of the hill.

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Problems are there to be faced and overcome. We cannot achieve anything with an easy life. Helen Keller was the first deaf and blind person to gain a University degree. Her activism and writing proved inspirational. She wrote, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

One of the main determinants of success in life is our attitude towards adversity. From time to time we all face hardships, problems, accidents, afflictions and difficulties. Some are of our making but many confront us through no fault of our own. Whilst we cannot choose the adversity we can choose our attitude towards it.

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Douglas Bader was 21 when in 1931 he had both legs amputated following a flying accident. He was determined to fly again and went on to become one of the leading flying aces in the Battle of Britain with 22 aerial victories over the Germans. He was an inspiration to others during the war. He said, “Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do this or that. That’s nonsense. Make up your mind, you’ll never use crutches or a stick, then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible.”

How can you change your attitude towards the adversity that you face? Try these steps:

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  1. Confront the problem. Do not avoid it.
  2. Deliberately take a positive attitude and write down some benefits or advantages of the situation.
  3. Visualise how you will feel when you overcome this obstacle.
  4. Develop an action plan for how to tackle it.
  5. Smile and get cracking.

The biographies of great people are littered with examples of how they took these kinds of steps to overcome the difficulties they faced. The common thread is that they did not become defeatist or depressed. They chose their attitude. They opted to be positive. They took on the challenge. They won.

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