Public swimming pool safety rules

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Public swimming pool safety rules
Local authority-run swimming pools employ life guards to keep an eye on swimmers. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Each summer countless individuals are injured due to negligence and the failure to stick to proper pool safety regulations. Many children under the age of five sustain injuries while using public pools and spas annually. These accidents are not inevitable. Learn basic safety tips and poolside etiquette for a healthier, happier summer.

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Supervise children

Swimming activities of children must be supervised at all times. Drowning takes less than 30 seconds, so adults should monitor children at both the poolside and waterfront to ensure safety, regardless of lifeguard presence.

No running or playing

Both pools and pool grounds are made predominantly of concrete, which can make accidents a costly liability to the pool operator and a danger to the swimmer. Running or playing on wet concrete poses a major hazard. Swimmers should walk carefully to avoid accidentally slipping and hitting their heads on the concrete.

Diving restrictions

Diving is customarily restricted to diving boards only, which are located at the deepest end of the pool. Diving in shallow water of less than 2.5 metres (8 feet) can cause severe head trauma, as the water is not deep enough to support the dive.

No fighting

Dunking another swimmer in pool water can result in head trauma or even drowning. Fighting should be cause for immediate removal from both the pool and pool grounds.

Bottles and glass

If bottles or glasses break on the poolside concrete, the glass shards could cause serious cuts on bare feet. Drinks should only be permitted if they are tightly sealed and stored in plastic containers.

No pets allowed

Pets can carry ticks, fleas and bacteria. For hygienic reasons, pets should be left at home. Pets in the pool area could lead to fights or even trigger allergy symtoms in certain swimmers.

Electrical devices

Electrical devices near any body of water increases the risk of electrical shock. Radios should remain at least 4.5 metres (15 feet) away from pools.

Follow the rules

Rules may vary by venue. Some public pools require proper attire in order to swim, such as swim suits and trunks, as well as pre-showering and proper coverage of open or exposed wounds. Infants and toddlers should wear swim nappies.

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