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Pool Safety Tips for the Whole Family

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There's nothing quite as refreshing as splashing in the pool on a hot summer's day—but is your pool safe? Each year, an average of nine people drown every day, according to the National Safety Council. If you're planning on taking a dip, these pool safety tips will help you, your kids (and even your pets) stay safe.

Swimming Basics

If you have children, it’s important to enroll them in swimming lessons. Many free or low-cost options are available through organizations such as the local YMCA, your community's Parks and Recreation department or even through tools offered by the American Red Cross.

Swimming lessons can keep your four-legged family members safe, too. Not all dogs swim well, and they don't always know how to get themselves out of a pool once they're in. Teach your dog by going in the pool with them and guide the dog over to the pool's steps or ladder. Repeat this lesson several times to ensure the dog understands how to get out, and review the process at least twice a year. Don't forget to ensure your dog isn't drinking the pool water as it may contain chemicals.

Remember to never let anyone, including your dog, swim in the pool unaccompanied no matter what their skill level is in swimming.

Stay Away From Drains

Pool drains and outlets can create powerful suction that could tangle hair, jewelry, clothing and even limbs. Purchase a cover or grate for your pool's drain to prevent injuries. Teach children, and remind guests, to stay away from those areas of the pool and to never get in should you discover a break or crack in any drain.

Protect Yourself

Even if you're submerged in water all day, you can still get a sunburn. Be sure to apply waterproof sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher at least half an hour before going in the water. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat can help keep UV rays off of a swimmer face, and goggles help to protect your eyes from harsh pool chemicals. Grab a pair of water or pool shoes to help keep your feet from scraping against rough surfaces in the pool or on a pool deck.

Keep It Clean

Keep your pool clean and well-maintained. Dirty pool water may contain bacteria that can make swimmers sick, but proper pH and chlorine levels can help kill those germs. Test the pool water often to help ensure levels are right, and keep the pool free of leaves and other debris that can dirty the water.

Always do a quick insurance check up with your insurance agent to ensure your pool and your family are protected.

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