Planning a great pool party is about more than choosing an exciting theme, a delicious menu, and fun games. It’s about making sure your guests will have a safe, comfortable time in your backyard oasis. In our first article, we began discussing some pool safety measures you’ll want to put into place if you’re having a party for kids. Now we’ll take a look at some more general pool safety reminders to check for no matter what ages your guests may be.
Make Sure Your Pool is Structurally Sound
When a pool sits unused during the off season, it’s a good idea to make sure everything is in proper working order before you host your first pool party of the year. This is the perfect time to see if you have any loose pool ladder steps, diving board bolts, or handrails. If you find any, go ahead and tighten them up right away. Look for any other potential hazards in and around the pool and address them so your guests don’t have any unfortunate accidents. Add some non-skid tiles or mats to areas with heavy traffic and to changing areas to lessen the possibility of a slip and fall accident.
Keep a Stocked First Aid Kit Nearby
Always keep a first aid kit with fresh supplies in a dry, secure place near the pool. This kit should include items like nonlatex gloves, scissors, roller bandages, antiseptic wipes, compress dressings, adhesive bandages, aspirin, hydrocortisone ointment packets, and a cold compress. For a comprehensive list of items and specific amounts to keep in your First Aid Kit, you can check out the list from the Aquatic Council.
Consider Adding Lifesaving Gear
It’s a really smart idea to add some lifesaving gear to your backyard swimming pool area. Though it may seem like overkill since you just have a small pool with relatively few swimmers in it compared to a public pool, it actually makes sense. People can have medical emergencies or accidents in backyard pools too, not just in public pools. This equipment can include a safety ring, a lifeguard rescue tube, and a life hook, to name just a few.
Consider Learning CPR
If the worst-case scenario of someone starting to drown in your pool should ever happen, having someone available who knows CPR could mean the difference between life and death for your guests. Whether you plan on using your pool for entertaining or just for your family, learning CPR is a wise decision for any pool owner. If you learned CPR at some time in the past but you’re rusty now, you can always take another class as a refresher. You’ll probably feel much more at ease during your pool party knowing that you’re prepared to help in case of an emergency.
We’ve spent plenty of time discussing the top priority of pool party preparation, which should always be pool safety. Now, in our next article, we’ll take a look at some pool maintenance tasks you’ll want to take care of before the big backyard bash begins.
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