With Memorial Day came the unofficial launch of summer—and the opening of pool season here in Northern Virginia. Whether you have a pool at your home or whether you visit your local pool, we at Propman Property Management thought we’d share a few safety tips that can keep your family healthy and happy this summer.
Watch the Little Ones
Unfortunately, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1-4, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Please keep an eye on your children at all times to ensure their safe enjoyment of the pool and never leave a child unattended in or near the water.
Teach Your Children to Swim
Knowing how to swim is a skill all children should have. Enroll them in a swim class or swim school, or simply teach them yourselves. Check the YMCA and Parks and Recreation for affordable lessons.
Stay Away from Drains
Children’s hair, limbs, jewelry or bathing suits can become sucked into drains or suction openings, especially in spas and shallow pools. Teach your children to avoid playing near these openings, and never enter a pool that has a loose, broken or missing drain cover.
Ensure Proper Barriers
For your own pool, you are required to provide a self-closing, self-latching gate. A four-foot fence, barriers, pool alarms and pool covers are other safety measures. If you are renting one of our properties with a pool, please make sure proper barriers are in place and in working order. If they are not, contact Propman Property Management immediately.
Bystanders are often the first responders for a drowning victim and knowing CPR can enable you to save a life. Take a course through your local hospital, community center or the American Red Cross to become CPR certified, and keep your certification current.
Don’t Forget Sunscreen
Summer’s rays are strong and unprotected exposure could lead to future skin damage, including melanoma. Take care to apply a protective sunscreen, and apply it often.
Propman Property Management wishes everyone a happy and healthy summer.
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