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Keep people safe in the pool

As summer winds down, many New Jersey residents may be eager to spend as much time as possible in their swimming pool. Even as they have fun, it is important for people to remember to be safe. 

One easy way to make sure people are safe is to set ground rules that every swimmer has to follow. SwimmingPool.com says that these rules should include good behavior. It is a good idea to make sure people do not slide down a water slide head first. Additionally, they usually should not shove people into the pool or use the water slide and diving board if people are in the way. Parents may also want to have rules about when people can be in the pool. It is a good idea to teach children that they cannot swim if they do not have an adult to supervise them. Sometimes rules can help keep adults safe, too. Some people may want to make sure adults do not get in the pool if they have just taken medication or drank alcohol.

It is also important to make sure all swimmers can clearly identify the shallow end of the pool. People may want to install a safety float line to indicate where the deep end starts, and their pool should also generally have signs marking the water depth. Additionally, the deck around a swimming pool can quickly become slippery. Some people may want to put up a "slippery when wet" sign.

It is also a good idea to make sure the area around a swimming pool is safe. The Washington Post says people should make sure no one leaves toys and floats on the side of the pool. This is because people may fall in if they trip over these. Additionally, some homeowners may want to put up a fence to keep children and pets away from the pool when an adult is not nearby. Pool safety does not end when everyone goes inside. It is a good idea to have an alarm system for the swimming pool. This alarm typically goes off if someone gets in the pool. This means that if a child accidentally falls in, adults can usually know immediately.

 

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