Pool Emergency Procedures

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Pool Emergency Procedures
Pool safety rules are essential for swimmers. (swimming pool image by apeschi from Fotolia.com)

Knowledge of pool safety and emergency procedures is essential for lifeguards and anyone who owns, operates, or maintains a swimming pool. Swimmers need to be aware of emergency pool procedures as well. Pool rules, regulations, and safety procedures vary accordingly to individual locations, businesses, residence or public pools. In case of an emergency, lifeguards and other responsible parties need to take a series of steps, according to Pool Operation Management.

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Alert Swimmers

As soon as a pool emergency arises, lifeguards are supposed to give a long and steady blast of their whistle to alert patrons in the pool.

The sound of a whistle indicates a pool emergency.
The sound of a whistle indicates a pool emergency. (whistle image by John Hartley from Fotolia.com)

Clear Pool Area

After lifeguards have captured the attention of patrons, they must calmly instruct swimmers to immediately clear the pool in an orderly fashion. Lifeguards are supposed to direct patrons to a designated area.

Clearing patrons from pool area is an emergency procedure.
Clearing patrons from pool area is an emergency procedure. (pool image by .shock from Fotolia.com)

Maintain Order

When an emergency strikes, particularly in a public swimming area, confusion can lead to panic. Lifeguards or other responsible parties must maintain a sense of order among the crowd.

Rescue the Victim

Lifeguards need to remove the victim of the accident from the pool. If the victim is still alive, lifeguards may need to administer CPR or other first aid. If more than one lifeguard is present, one may execute the rescue while the other evacuates the area.

Pool Emergency Procedures
Maintain order and execute the rescue. (help 22 image by chrisharvey from Fotolia.com)

Call for Assistance

Lifeguards need to instruct someone to call for assistance--perhaps a 911 call that will lead to the arrival of emergency medical personnel.

Calling 911 immediately is advised.
Calling 911 immediately is advised. (call 911 image by Empath from Fotolia.com)

Alert Authorities

After the emergency ends, lifeguards need to alert the appropriate authority figures, who can be people such as property owners or managers, group leaders or parents.

Pool Emergency Procedures
Alert parents of children involved in pool emergencies. (swimming lesson five image by Paul Moore from Fotolia.com)

File a Report

Lifeguards need to complete an emergency incident report. Such reports can help the authorities as they investigate the incident and as they consider whether changes are needed in pool safety rules.

Pool Emergency Procedures
Keep documented reports of emergency incidents. (Hand and document at the meeting image by Dmitry Goygel-Sokol from Fotolia.com)

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