Around 402 people accidently drown in the UK and Ireland EVERY YEAR and many more have non-fatal experiences, sometimes suffering life-changing injuries.Residential pools are often in more relaxed environments and so it is critical to understand that safety procedures and standards may not, in some circumstances be comparable with commercially operates pools.

Top water safety when around residential pools

  • You are your families lifeguard - Children and weak swimmers should be closely supervised by an adult at all times and weak swimmers should stay within the pool’s recommended safety depths
  • Take time to check the depth, water flow and layout of pools
  • Control access to the pool by using suitable fencing, secure doors/gates and pool and/or gate alarms to monitor access to swimming pools where possible
  • Never enter the water after drinking alcohol
  • Know what to do in an emergency – Know how to perform CPR and learn some basic lifesaving skills

What to consider if you have your own pool

  • Always advise guests to your pool of key safety advice
  • Ask RLSS UK for a safety consultation
  • Always follow pool manufacturers advice for maintenance and safety checks
  • Have easy access to suitable rescue aids such as a torpedo buoy, rope or reach pole (all available from The RLSS Shop)
  • Every year a number of children make their way into a neighbours gardens. Control access to the pool by using suitable fencing, secure doors/gates and pool and/or gate alarms to monitor access to swimming pools where possible. 

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