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Pools can be a great source of fun and relaxation, but they can also be very dangerous if proper safety precautions are not taken. This is especially true when children are around pools. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death in children aged 1 to 4 years old. In this article, we'll discuss pool safety and precautions that everyone should take with children around pools.

  1. Install a Fence

The first and most important step in pool safety is to install a fence around the pool. The fence should be at least four feet high and should have a self-closing, self-latching gate that can be locked when the pool is not in use. This will prevent children from accidentally falling into the pool when they are unsupervised.

  1. Teach Swimming Skills

Teaching children to swim is another important aspect of pool safety. Even basic swimming skills can help children stay afloat and get to the side of the pool in case of an emergency. It's also a good idea to enroll children in swim lessons to help them develop strong swimming skills.

  1. Always Supervise

Never leave children unsupervised around a pool, even for a moment. Adults should always be present and paying attention when children are in or around the pool. It's also a good idea to designate a "water watcher" who is responsible for keeping an eye on the children in the pool.

  1. Use Flotation Devices

Young children and inexperienced swimmers should always wear a properly fitting life jacket or flotation device when in the pool. Flotation devices can help keep children afloat and prevent accidents from happening.

  1. Keep the Pool Clean and Maintained

A clean and well-maintained pool is also important for pool safety. Algae and other bacteria can cause slipping and other hazards around the pool. Additionally, proper maintenance of the pool's equipment, including pumps, filters, and heaters, can help prevent accidents and keep the pool safe.

  1. Know CPR

Knowing CPR can be a life-saving skill in case of an emergency. Adults who supervise children around the pool should take a CPR course and be familiar with the basics of life-saving techniques.

Pool safety is of utmost importance when children are around. Installing a fence, teaching swimming skills, always supervising, using flotation devices, keeping the pool clean and maintained, and knowing CPR are all important precautions to take when children are around pools. With proper safety measures in place, everyone can safely enjoy the fun and relaxation that pools offer.