Whether you have your own backyard pool or you’re planning a trip to Ford Pool, it’s always a good idea to brush up on pool safety. Here is a short list of tips you and your family can use to stay safe by the water this summer.
- Know how to swim. If you and your children are planning on going to the pool, swimming lessons are a must. Inflatables can only do so much, and the majority of them are not approved safety devices. Fortunately, the City of Allen Parks and Recreation offers swimming lessons all summer long. Check out the Summer 2018 edition of LIFE Recreation Guide for a full list of swimming lessons.
- Keep an eye on children in or around the pool. Make sure children are being safe and following pool rules. While some pool rules may seem unnecessary at first, they are established to save lives and promote safe behavior. Keep small children close and ensure that older children have a swim buddy.
- Be prepared. Lifeguards at Ford Pool and Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium are trained to assist in situations that may be life-threatening. However, if you and your family swim in a backyard pool or another swimming area that does not have a lifeguard, you may need to act in case of an emergency. Knowing how to administer CPR can save a life. CPR and first aid classes through the American Red Cross are offered at Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium.
Equipped with these safety measures, no pool will be unconquerable for you and your family. Make sure to check out Ford Pool’s special events if you’re looking to have some fun and cool off on a hot summer day.