As fun as it is to spend the summer by the pool, following swimming pool rules and regulations is essential to ensure that everyone stays safe. The pool can be as dangerous as it is fun. But by following your local pool’s guidelines, you’ll ensure the safest possible swimming and splashing experience to make your hot summer that much cooler.
Keep reading to learn about the most crucial swimming pool rules and regulations you should follow to keep yourself safe while swimming or lounging by the pool.
- Don’t Run.
It’s dangerous to run around a swimming pool because you could slip and fall. You could severely injure yourself, whether you land on the slippery concrete around the pool or in the pool itself. The concrete will hurt and could result in a break or fracture. If you land in the pool, you risk falling to the bottom and hitting your head, which could lead to a concussion or traumatic brain injury. There’s no guarantee that you won’t slip and fall when you’re at the pool, but you’ll significantly reduce the risk of getting injured by not running.
- Don’t Dive.
Unless the pool is deep enough to dive safely (at least 8 feet deep), you should steer clear of the diving board. This is especially true when there’s no lifeguard on duty. You should never dive without a lifeguard on duty, even if the pool is deep enough. Should you get hurt diving, every second counts to prevent you from drowning. If you are by yourself with no one to help you, the worst-case scenario is unfortunately likely.
- Supervise Your Kids.
Even after teaching your children about swimming pool rules and regulations, you’ll still want to monitor their behavior around the pool closely. It’s easy to get excited and forget about the rules when you are having fun. It’s super important to keep your children away from the pool’s edge and off the diving board. Reminding them to walk instead of run might be the most challenging part, though!
- Put Swim-proof Diapers on Toddlers.
The last thing you want is a soiled diaper contaminating the swimming pool. Many pools ban toddlers in diapers for that very reason. If your pool doesn’t, just be sure to put a swim-proof diaper on your toddler to keep the pool clean. Your friends and neighbors will appreciate you!
- Limit the Number of Swimmers in the Pool.
If you see a sign at your pool that says “Max # of guests”, it’s important to respect that. The limit is generally for safety reasons. If too many people are in or around the pool at once, it could be difficult to evacuate in the event of an emergency.
It could also be difficult for a lifeguard to keep up with everyone and get to a swimmer in trouble on time.
- Limit How Many Guests each Resident can Bring.
Most community pools require advanced notice if you’re going to have a large pool party. They’ll close off the pool during that time. During regular pool hours, when the pool isn’t reserved for special events, each resident is usually restricted in regards to how many people they can bring with them to the pool. This restriction is for safety reasons to prevent the pool from becoming overcrowded.
- Keep Animals Out of the Pool.
Dogs are the most common animals to bring with you to the pool, but it’s not a good idea. While most dogs can swim, it’s not sanitary for a dog to swim with other pool-goers. Long-haired dogs can clog the pool filter, causing the pool to shut down to residents until maintenance can unclog and restore the pool to normal, clean function. What about having your dog stay poolside? Even that isn’t the best idea since other pool-goers might be allergic to dogs.
- Don’t Bring Glass Bottles to the Pool.
Bringing a beverage to the pool is a great way to savor the moment and enjoy yourself. But we don’t recommend bringing a glass bottle to the pool. If your beverage comes in a glass bottle or container, transfer it to a plastic or metal container.Why?Because glass bottles easily break if they’re dropped, and the last thing anyone wants is to cut their bare feet on the broken glass. The #1 place for bare feet everywhere? The pool.
- Obey the Lifeguard.
We can’t express how important it is to obey the lifeguard. You might think you know more than the lifeguard – and you might – but it’s your responsibility to obey the lifeguard on duty. They know the swimming pool rules and regulations, as well as information specific to your pool. If you disobey the lifeguard, it might encourage others to do the same, which could be deadly if someone is in trouble. That’s the last thing anyone wants, so keep things simple by obeying the lifeguard at your pool.
- Use Pool Safety Equipment.
Learning about your pool’s safety equipment is a great way to be extra cautious at the pool. If you’re not familiar with the safety equipment at your pool, ask the lifeguard to teach you about each piece of equipment. Unless they’re super busy, they’ll be happy to educate you on pool safety.
Following these swimming pool rules and regulations will keep you, your family, and your community safe as you enjoy spending the summer by the pool.
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