With the summer months fast approaching, many Americans are heating their pools and enjoying days out by the water.
While time by the pool can be a great way to soak up the sun and relax, it is important to remember some basic pool safety tips. Below, Tegner-Miller Insurance Brokers has compiled a list of tips to help keep you and your family safe around the pool and Jacuzzi this summer.
- Restrict access: While pools can be a great place to hang out with your kids and teach them how to swim, children should never be left alone near a pool. A tragedy can happen in an instant. Furthermore, if you have small children (or even pets) you should seriously consider building a fence around your pool or pool area. This fence should be self locking with the lock out of the reach of children (check the current code).
- Don’t dive into shallow water EVER!: This might seem like a no-brainer, but we see it every year. Inexperienced and experienced divers alike will often dive into water that is too shallow, risking serious spinal and head injuries. Standard pools in California have deep ends of between 5 and 6 feet. This is too shallow to dive into. Remind visitors if your pool is unsafe for diving, and put up a ‘No Diving’ sign advising the water is too shallow. Remove any diving boards. A diving board suggests the pool is deep enough to dive safely.
- Never drink alcohol before or during your Jacuzzi time: Combining alcohol with soaking in hot water can lead to all sorts of maladies, including fainting, dizziness, drowning and heart injury. Make sure that visitors to your Jacuzzi are not intoxicated when they get in, and save your drinking for after everybody is out of the water.
TMIB wishes you a safe and fun filled summer. If you have questions about whether you are properly insured in the event of a pool injury, please call us at 310-828-9662.