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6/20/2014 - Swimming Pool Safety Tips

As summer arrives, experts are warning the public to take swimming safety seriously.

After one of the more cold winters in recent memory, the lazy, hazy days of summer have at long last arrived. At precisely 6:51 in the morning, the summer solstice kicked into gear, launching another year filled with fun and exciting activities like boating, strawberry picking, walking the boardwalk at the beach and fine dining with friends.

Perhaps nothing is more associated with the summer than swimming, though. And one of the best places to do so is in one's own backyard, as millions of people will install a pool so that they can cool off and get some exercise in at the same time.

Tragically, though, drownings occur at this time of year. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, between Memorial Day and Labor Day of last year, more than 200 children died in a swimming pool or spa, many of them under the age of 5.

With the following tips, parents and family members can help ensure that everyone and anyone who gets into the pool this year will be protected from harm.

Perhaps the best way to adhere to safety is by having someone there to watch. CPSC noted that adult supervision is always recommended when kids are in the pool, but having a spotter for people of all ages is a smart way to err on the side of caution.

When pools are not protected by an enclosure, it increases the risk that someone could fall in accidentally. A fence should surround the pool completely, CPSC advised, ideally one with a door that's self-closing and self-latching.

Even when all the safety precautions have been taken, accidents can still occur. That's why CPR is an important life-saving tool to learn. There are usually courses that can be taken in local areas, oftentimes held at schools.

The CPSC maintains a website - PoolSafely.gov - that provides families with additional tips and recommendations that they can employ throughout the upcoming year. Just recently, it held the "World's Largest Swimming Lesson," which people could register for through June 6 to participate.

With a new pool comes added liability. Policyholders who have a swimming pool should be sure to talk with their local Selective agent so that they can implement the appropriate homeowners insurance updates to guard against any injuries that may occur.

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