Pool Safety

Pool Safety

As the Florida temperatures rise, families will seek refuge in the cool waters of their backyard pools. There is nothing like a quick dip in the pool on a hot summer’s day. However, it does not come without potential risks.

Each year thousands of people will go to the emergency room due to pool or spa-related injuries. Drownings are a preventable cause of death and injury in children. By putting proven safety behaviors and systems into practice, you and your family will be much more secure in and around swimming pools. The following are useful tips to help you and your family stay safe.

Be Alert!

  • Never leave children unattended. Watch your children when they are in or near a pool or spa, even if they know how to swim.
  • Teach children basic water safety tips.
  • Keep children away from pool drain, pipes, and other openings to avoid entrapment.
  • If a child is missing, check the pool or spa first.
  • Pay attention to local weather conditions and forecasts.
  • Enforce water safety rules with your children —especially no running, pushing, or dunking.

Learn & Practice Water Safety Skills

  • Learn how to swim and teach your children how to swim.
  • Learn to perform CPR on children and adults. Regularly update your skills.
  • Understand the basics of water safety and life-saving techniques so that you can assist in a pool emergency.
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends, and neighbors.

Have The Appropriate Equipment For Your Pool or Spa

  • Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool & spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates. Ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
  • Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
  • If your house serves as the fourth side of a fence around your pool, install door alarms. Use them at ALL times. For additional protection, install window guards on any windows facing the pool & spa.
  • Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water.
  • Ensure pool and spa covers are in good working order.
  • Keep rescue equipment in a known place near the pool.
  • Keep a first aid kit by the pool. Include a pair of scissors to cut hair, clothing, pool cover, etc. if needed in an emergency.
  • Have a charged telephone close by at all times when you or your family are using a pool or spa. Post emergency contact numbers and your address by the pool in case a visitor needs to call 911.
  • Ensure any pool & spa you use has compliant drain covers. Call United Pools if you are not sure.

The Phenomenon of Dry Drowning

“Dry drowning” or “secondary drowning” occurs when a person aspirates water into the lungs, which disrupts oxygen supply. This is a situation requiring medical treatment.

Signs & Symptoms:

Dry drowning & secondary drowning have the same symptoms, which include:

  • Coughing
  • Chest pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Decreased energy, increased agitation, which could mean the brain is not getting enough oxygen.

What to Do:

If an individual exhibits any signs of dry drowning, get medical attention. Although in most cases, the symptoms will go away on their own, it is important to get your child checked by a medical professional.

What your neighbors say about United Pools

I was recently a customer of United Pools, Inc. I had the great pleasure of dealing with Mr. Stewart, Jr., who was very patient and flexible with the handling of my request for a pool. Mr. Stewart listened to my ideas and also offered his opinions to better suit my needs. Construction began in the middle of May 2006 and my family was swimming in our enclosed pool within a few short months. The hard working employees of United Pool were just that, hard working. They would begin work early in the morning and would not leave until that portion of their work was done, which was usually later in the evening. Each employee and subcontractor treated my property with respect. My yard was cleaned up after each workday and never left in disarray. I decided to make a few adjustments during construction and contacted Mr. Stewart about my ideas. He was receptive to my changes and assured the changes were done immediately. My family has been enjoying not only the pool but the lanai as well. Mr. Stewart and the entire United Pool Company has managed to create a new love for my home, one that we will enjoy for many years to come. Thank you to everyone at United Pools for making our home improvement project run smoothly. We got the exact pool we wanted.

Nick and Christine Romanelli

We just wanted to let all of you know how much we have appreciated your attention to excellent customer service. We have had a truly wonderful experience since Day 1 with Tom our Pool and Spa designer. Each week there has been something completed or worked on and the crew has been very professional. If something has gone wrong, your crew and staff have been right on top of it informing us on the procedures. The attention to detail from your staff has been nothing but professional and honest. We have referred United Pools, Inc. to several of our friends and co-workers both at The Orlando Sentinel and Walt Disney World! This has been a very exciting process and we will definitely let all of you know the final outcome, which we know will be fantastic! Thank you all again!

Ken Brown & Vic Getchel

This is to let you know how pleased I was with the service and effort of Tony in draining, acid washing, refilling and balancing our pool last Wednesday and Thursday. He did a great job. Also, Terry is a wonderful representative of the Leesburg store. Always upbeat and helpful she’s super. Shanon is also cheery and helpful. All 3 represent themselves and United Pool in a most excellent manner and are to be commended for the work they do and for caring for the customer - - great customer focus. We greatly appreciate all that they have done for us.

Larry Haid