Danger: What NOT to Do in Your Swimming Pool

In a recent post, we focused on 6 super-fun pool activities for kids. But no discussion of pool fun is complete without also addressing pool safety.

When you're in the middle of a silly game of Noodle Joust, it's easy for kids to lose sight of proper pool safety. That's why it's so important to set strict rules for using the pool—not just for the children, but also for the adults. Avoiding injury and other accidents in the swimming pool is actually pretty easy once you have the right rules in place. As long as you're constantly reminding your kids of the importance of pool safety, and also supervising when they're alone in the pool, then you can be sure your pool remains a place of fun, not danger.

Here are 9 things you should NOT do in your swimming pool.

Don't leave children unattended.
Keep in mind that accidents can happen to swimmers of any age, including teens and even adults. This is why experts argue that nobody should swim alone, regardless of age. If you're going to have kids of any age in the pool, especially by themselves, make sure there's an adult to supervise.

Don't run along the outside of the pool.
Slips and falls are one of the most common causes of pool injuries. Prohibit running around the perimeter and you'll significantly reduce the risk of an accident.

Don't allow horseplay.
If that game of Noodle Joust gets a little out of hand, it's time to call a timeout. Rowdy behavior and any activity involving dunking or throwing people in the water should NOT be allowed.

Don't use glass.
Drinking glasses are an accident waiting to happen. (That includes wine glasses!) Use plastic containers instead.

Don't drink and swim.
Let's face it – most adult pool parties have adult beverages. But you should think twice before entering a pool while inebriated. Alcohol will impair your motor skills, your breathing and your orientation, increasing the risk of an accident.

Don't bring electrical devices near the pool.
Sounds obvious, but some pool owners still make this mistake! Electrical shock can and does happen. Keep anything electrical—radios, lighting and so on—a safe distance from the pool.

Don't let your pool get gross.
Keep your pool properly maintained with the appropriate chemicals. A well-maintained pool doesn't just keep the water clear—it prevents health hazards too.

Don't leave your pool area open and unsecure.
Not even once. Make sure the pool is fenced in according to local laws, and keep the area locked whenever it's not in use.

Don't forget to drink water.
You might not feel thirsty, but that doesn't mean you're not dehydrated. Encourage all swimmers to take a break from the pool to drink some water every half hour or so.

Remember: accidents can happen at any time. By practicing (and enforcing) the right rules, you'll ensure that everyone stays safe while using the pool.