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Enjoying Your Inground Swimming Pool, Safely and Sensibly

Enjoying Your Inground Swimming Pool, Safely and Sensibly By Jane Smallman
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

I am sure your inground swimming pool is or will provide you with hours of fun and enjoyment during the warm summer months; but have you ever thought about the safety issues surrounding swimming pool use? Your inground swimming pool can be a high-risk accident zone if you are not careful.

Common Swimming Pool Accidents

  • Drowning: the leading cause of accidental death in the USA, especially for children under five.
  • Paralysis: serious neck and spinal injuries can result from improper horseplay, diving and sliding in your inground swimming pool.
  • Burns: can be caused by pool chemicals that are not used properly.
  • Electrical shock: can occur if an electrical appliance that is switched on falls into the pool.
  • Cuts and bruises: if not properly constructed the whole area around your pool can be a hazard, causing people to fall and injure themselves
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Ways to make your inground swimming pool safe:

  • Fit all electrical appliances which are to be used near the pool with a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
  • Always store swimming pool chemicals according to the manufacturer's instructions and out of the reach of children.
  • Make sure that first-time users of your swimming pool know the safety rules and that any non-swimmers or poor swimmers are properly supervised.
  • Never leave children to swim or play in the pool unsupervised.
  • Ensure that the area around the swimming pool is fitted with non-slip decking or tiling.
  • Keep lifesaving equipment next to the pool.
If you follow these safety tips you will stop unnecessary accidents from happening and enjoy your inground swimming pool in peace and tranquility

Sources
  • http://www.about.com
  • http://www.theapsp.org


  • About the Author
    Jane Smallman runs a mountain guiding business with her husband. Her early training was in hotel management and she has worked in the hotel industry in France, Holland, the US and the UK. Following this she worked in an administrative capacity for a number of not-for-profit organizations in the UK, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the Refugee Legal Centre. While doing this she earned a degree in Social Sciences through distance learning with the Open University. After graduation she progressed to the University of Sussex as a full-time student where she was awarded a Masters Degree in Social and Political Thought.



    *Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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