Pool Party Safety
If you own a pool chances are you’ve had a great party. Everyone loves to either soak up the sun or play around in the pool. The key to any great pool party is safety. Let’s talk about a few important ways to keep your pool parties safe and fun!
Lifeguard on duty? Maybe at your public pool, but sometimes it’s not always clear who is watching. Depending on the size of your party you might have to designate someone to supervise all swimmers. You can consider them the “Life (guard) of the party”!
If you are inviting new swimming friends to your pool teach them the basic rules and guidelines. Familiarize them areas that guests, especially children aren’t allowed (Pool Chemical closet). Rules are essential to keeping everyone safe and having a fun time. It also helps to prevent complete chaos from erupting in your home.
For adults only parties, it’s still important to help familiarize them with your hom
e and basic rules. Keep all glass away from the pool. Supply plastic cups and koozies to keep all party guests happy. You can still enjoy a cold beer or margarita in a solo cup. Broken glass anywhere near the pool area is a danger to all party guests as well as a hazard to your pool.
Kids in the Pool
When you have a group of kids in the pool it’s important to learn quickly who is considered an experienced swimmer and who is a new swimmer. Talk to each kid and parent to understand their swimming capabilities. Enforce pool rules. Rule breakers = Pool Timeout. No diving, no dunking, no running.
Do you own all the proper equipment for an emergency situation? A big recommendation is to have a life ring with a tow rope. Even if your pool is small, it could be to helpful in several situations. Better safe than sorry. It also helps to have a variety of flotation toys for younger swimmers (kickboards, noodles, inner tubes).
Does your pool have a diving board? A good party suggestion would be to close the diving board during the pool party. It can be an easy way to keep the party under control. If your Older sibling can also help keep the party under control.
If anyone gets injured while attending the pool party, it’s a good rule to stop the party. Have all guest get out of the pool. After accessing the situation, make a judgement decision on whether to continue the party. Even if someone has a small injury, it could be a good way to shift the party elsewhere. Remember to always have party snacks. You can’t go wrong with popsicles.
When your pool is not being used, make sure to have all the necessary equipment and pool supplies locked up. Put away all flotation devices. Having a pool cover is an easy way to lock up your pool and keep any unsupervised children out. You can also install a pool or gate alarm. If anyone accidentally falls in your home will be notified.
Create a safety checklist for every pool party. The most important part of the party is to keep everyone safe.
Keep all eyes on all swimmers
Enforce pool safety rules
Keep all pool chemicals out of reach of pool guests
Lock up pool when not in use
Ready to swim? Listen to this song, “In the Summertime” to get the party started.