With the holidays around the corner, many families will be doing a lot of entertaining. If you have a pool, you should really think about holiday pool safety. The first step is to go over your own safety precautions and make sure everything works. Your pool gate should easily self-latch. Double check that any pool alarms you have installed are working properly. If your own children are older but you’re entertaining younger children, put proper safety precautions in place. Discuss with your family the importance of keeping an eye on the younger children.
Speak to the parents and discuss how best to handle supervision. This is important even if you don’t intend to use the pool. The last thing you want is a pool tragedy over the holidays. Going over holiday pool safety may seem like a downer, but it’s much less of a pain than a mad dash to the emergency room.
When your guests arrive, make them aware of your swimming pool and safety procedures. If you are having a pool party, designate at least one person to be the ‘life guard’ for the kids. Have a rotation so that no one person gets stuck with it for the whole party. If you intend to serve alcoholic beverages, consider hiring a babysitter to keep an eye on the kids. Holiday pool safety precautions are important so everyone can have an enjoyable party.