Pool Safety

Summer is here, meaning more days spent in the sun and in the water. We have previously discussed Beach Safety in Brevard County, https://www.cvcaviera.com/news/brevard-beach-safety/ , however it is important to note differences in safety measures for pools specifically. Tons of Floridians have pools in their homes or have access to community pools nearby.

 

Public vs. Private Pools:

Public pools all have signs with rules displayed somewhere on property, including, but not limited to, no diving, no running around the pool, no young kids allowed unsupervised, etc. Following the designated rules at a public pool is vital for a safe experience. However, following safe behaviors can help even more. Avoid swimming by yourself, or assign someone who will be paying attention. This is particularly important when young kids are in the pool. Avoid swimming next to drains or openings in the pool that cause suction. For adults, swimming sober is a safe practice to avoid an accidental drowning.

Private pools are just as important to establish rules, even if it is just family and friends using it. One easy way to prevent accidents in the pool is by adding a screen / barrier around the pool itself to keep kids or pets out. Typically these are connected screens that border the rim of the pool. It is important that there are no spaces between screens and they are tall enough for kids not to be able to climb over. According to the American Red Cross, isolation fences around pools reduces a child’s risk of drowning by 83%. If you have a pool at you house, it is extremely important that every person in the house knows how to swim (pets too). Stay within arms-reach of any weak swimmers and have life jackets available for inexperienced swimmers.

For more information on safe swimming practices, visit: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/water-safety/swim-safety.html

 

Sun Safety:

Sun safety is a concept often discussed in Florida, and for a reason! It is extremely important to protect yourself and young kids from the sun. The sun’s UV rays can damage skin cells if you do not provide a layer of protection like sunscreen. Broad spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or higher is recommended by the CDC. Reapplication is very important as well, with the CDC recommending at least every two hours to reapply sunscreen. Other protections from the sun include shady areas, clothing, hats, and sunglasses.

For more information on how to protect yourself from the sun visit: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/sun-safety.htm

 

Saltwater vs. Chlorine Pools

The best type of pool to have in the backyard all depends on the owner’s preferences. There are pros and cons to both saltwater and chlorine pools – so let’s break it down:

Saltwater pools are gentler on the skin since there are no chemicals involved in upkeep. Chemicals in chlorine pools include heavy metals such as copper that can turn blonde hair green after a while! Chlorine itself has a peculiar smell and irritates eyes, noses, and can even fade swimsuits. Saltwater pools also have lower maintenance costs compared to chlorine pools, but have a higher initial investment. A pro for chlorine pools is that they will not corrode your pool fixtures like saltwater pools can.

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