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Stay safe around swimming pools

Article Published 06/22/2017
Summer is here and swimming pools are one of the most popular pastimes and ways to stay cool. However, pool users and owners should keep some important safety factors in mind.
For pool users:
-Do not run around swimming pool decks.
-Never dive into above-ground pools; they are usually not deep enough.
-Never dive into the shallow end of any pool.
-Never dive through inner tubes, or other pool toys.
For pool owners:
-According to Layton City ordinances, swimming pools, or the entire property on which they are located, shall be walled or fenced to a minimum height of six feet. The fence shall be constructed to limit any individual from accessing the pool area. All gates on said fences shall be self-closing and fitted with a self-latching device located on the interior side of the gate.
-There should not be anything alongside a pool fence (such as lawn furniture) that could be used to climb it.
-An adult should actively watch children at all times while they are in a pool. For infants and toddlers, an adult should be in the water and within arm’s reach, providing “touch supervision.” For older children, an adult should also keep a watchful eye on swimmers. 
-Keep toys away from the pool when the pool is not in use.
-Empty blow-up pools after each use. Otherwise, these pools, if deeper than two feet, should also be fenced off from open access.
-No tricycles or other riding toys at poolside.
-No electrical appliances near the pool.
-Keep rescue devices and first aid supplies near the pool.
- Consider purchasing a pool alarm system. These float in the pool and go off when there is a disturbance in the water.
For parents:
-Strive to teach your children how to swim, or have them take swimming lessons.
-For more information, go to:
www.healthychildren.org
or
 www.poolsafely.gov