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Pool safety tips for Kentucky summers

Learning proper pool safety can save lives and improve everyone’s enjoyment this summer.

The weather is starting to warm up again, which means that pools in Kentucky will start to fill with people looking to cool down and take advantage of the changing seasons. For all the fun and enjoyment that can be had in the water, it is best that you brush up on pool safety tips to better avoid an unnecessary and/or catastrophic injury to yourself as well as to those closest to you.

Keep a close eye on children

One safety tip that cannot be overstated is the importance of keeping a close eye on children while they are in and around the pool. If there are several adults at the pool, at least one of them should be the designated watcher, one who is not distracted by a smartphone, tablet or the like; this person's attention should be on the kids at all times.

Additionally, children should be taught the proper way to swim when they are old enough to do so on their own. Proper swimming technique could save a life and boost enjoyment while in the water. Finally, kids should be taught that they should not swim or go near suction outlets or drains.

Isolate the pool

Another safety tip is to take steps to keep the pool closed off from the home. This can be done with a fence that is at least 60 inches high, and the fence should have a self-closing gate that also latches itself. It is also a good idea to look into installing an alarm on the pool gate to reduce the possibility of a child sneaking in a swim without adult supervision, and pool covers are another solid investment. Kids should also be made to understand that they should not swim in the pool or attempt to access the pool without a lifeguard or adult watching them.

Prepare everyone for emergencies

While you can take every precaution in the book, that is no guarantee that accidents will not happen. That is why it is good that everyone in your house learns CPR and rescue breathing for both children and adults. Lessons are often available at community centers, hospitals and with the American Red Cross.

Maintain the pool

Keeping pool chemistry in check, cleaning out skimmer baskets, checking water levels and cleaning the tile line are all pool maintenance essentials. Not only do these tasks keep the pool looking great, they can also prevent a number of injuries, such as concussions.

There is no better way to spend a nice summer day than by the pool in Kentucky. Should that fun sour due to an injury caused by someone else's negligence, reach out to a personal injury attorney for legal advice.