Texas Pools takes swimming pool safety very seriously, and we offer the following information on how you can help keep you and your family safe:
Always swim with a buddy
Having someone else there dramatically decreases your risk of drowning. Maintain active adult supervision of children at all times. Even if your children know how to swim. Children that do not know how to swim ought to have a flotation device. We recommend a US Coast Guard approved life jacket. Keep young children within arms length at all times.
Diving Boards are Dangerous
We recommend that you not install a diving board. Diving can result in head or spinal injuries that can result in serious permanent injury. Installing a diving board encourages diving not only on the diving board, but also anywhere in the pool. If you do choose to install a diving board a periodic inspection of the board is necessary.
Learn how to Swim
Learn how to swim and be comfortable in the water. These go hand in hand. Being comfortable in the water but not knowing how to swim can lead to drowning. Knowing how to swim but not being comfortable in the water can lead to a panic attack and potential drowning. There are a number of programs in the area that can teach you and your children how to swim:
Fence off your Property
Insure that you have proper fencing, gates and locks and inspect them regularly to insure that they are functioning properly. This will prevent individuals from entering your pool when you are unaware.
Be aware of your Pool Surroundings
Keep your pool deck clear of debris. Take any toys or flotation devices out of the pool when they are not in use. These can tempt children to go in the pool when you are unaware. Do not allow electrical devices or cords near the pool.
Have a Phone nearby
Have a phone nearby in case of emergency. If you are the only individual on site for an emergency, call 911 as soon as possible. Any situation when an individual is not breathing, does not have a heartbeat, or have hit their head and resulted in unconsciousness is considered an emergency.
Learn CPR and First Aid
These skills will teach you how to handle first responder situations. How to treat individuals for minor injuries or until professional medical personnel can arrive on scene.
Keep your Pool Clean and Clear
By maintaining your pool and pool chemistry you can insure that you will be able to see what is going on. Always insure that you can see the bottom of your pool clearly.
Maintain Drains and Suction Outlets
Keep your drain covers and grates in good repair and check that they are securely in place. Avoid drains and suction outlets in the pool.
Do not Swim in a Thunderstorm
Never swim when there is a possibility of lightening. If lightening or thunder is observed move to a safe, dry location underneath a permanent building. Avoid electrical outlets, metal, and water, including showers. Wait at least 30 minutes after the last lightening or thunder is observed.
Inspect your Pool Equipment
Have your pool and pool equipment inspected by a professional on a regular basis.