Safe Pool Rules
With temperatures rising and the pool season heating up, people are heading to the pools for fun and relief from the sun. Las Vegas, due to its hot arid weather, is of course home to many pool and water attractions such as water parks and slides, surf and swim pools, private residential and community pools, casino, resort and hotel pools and the many adult “party” pools on and off the Strip. Pools are popular spots to enjoy a hot day or night and with the rise of the “staycation,” more homeowners are turning their backyards into their own private oasis and residents are enjoying local retreats to a refreshing casino resort pool for a weekend getaway.
One thing that is important to remember is to be aware of swimming pool safety rules. In your home or away from home, know how to keep you, your family and your guests safe from swimming pool accidents. It is heartbreaking when you hear of accidental drownings that could have been prevented. So far this year, at least five drownings have occurred, two resulting in death. In southern Nevada, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional deaths for children under four years old and is known as the silent, quick killer. Firefighters say children are often quiet when they fall into pools, so adults must keep a very watchful eye on their children at all times near pool areas.
In an effort to keep the Las Vegas valley safe and alert, the Las Vegas Mayor and Council proclaimed the first week of April “Safe Pools Rule!” Week. April 1st marked the annual April Pool’s Day event and awareness campaign, a partnership with the Henderson Firefighters Local 1285 and the American Red Cross – Southern Nevada Chapter to promote water safety throughout the valley.
Here is a list from Clark County officials that every resident and visitor of Nevada should know about drowning prevention:
- Drowning is a leading cause of unintentional death for children in Clark County.
- The most common drowning victim is 4 years of age or younger.
- The majority of drowning deaths occur in the family pool.
- Drowning is a quick and silent killer. It only takes 4-6 minutes for a submerged child to sustain permanent damage or die.
- Drowning deaths can be prevented.
In addition, according to the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, 70% of drownings occur in the afternoon hours between 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Southern Nevada Health District published the ABC & D’s of Drowning Prevention:
- Adult supervision
- Barriers around pools
- Classes on pool safety
- Devices such as life jackets
Remember these simple rules. They could save a life!
Residential Swimming Pool Safety
If you are in the market for a new swimming pool in your backyard, there are many questions to answer before installing a pool regarding size, design, affordability, and maintenance. However, perhaps the most important questions to ask is “what are the safety concerns?” You must put safety first and be sure to secure the proper permits and inspections before using the pool. It is of the utmost importance to ensure the safety of swimmers at your home and to make sure your pool complies with zoning, codes and other legal standards. There are many ways accidents on another’s property can occur so be sure you have done all your homework so you can enjoy your oasis safely. For more on what you should know before installing a swimming pool at your home
Whether it’s in your own background or at your next vacation spot, be mindful of these swimming pool safety tips and enjoy your time in the pool.