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House with poolA lot of focus is put on pool safety for children. This makes sense because children between the ages of one and five are the most likely to drown. However, each year thousands of people suffer injuries in or around swimming pools. Those injured are of every age group. While swimming is a fun way to cool off over the summer, it’s worthwhile to review tips that will allow adults to enjoy swimming safely.

Don't Swim Alone

You may be a strong swimmer, but you should still never swim alone. If something unexpected happens, you want someone else with you to notice and get the necessary help. Always swim with a buddy.

Keep an Eye on Electrical Cords

Listening to music while swimming makes it more fun. Verify that the electric cords of your sound system are not going through water on the pool deck. You don't want to be electrocuted when you get out of the water. Cord safety is important around pools.

Avoid Alcohol

The risk of injury and drowning increases with alcohol consumption. It is not safe to swim after drinking in excess. If you plan on swimming, avoid drinking until after you get out of the water. Keep friends and family that have been drinking away from the pool as well.

Don't Dive in Shallow Water

If your pool is less than nine feet deep, you should have a strict no-diving policy. The danger of head and neck injury is too high. Injuries from diving into shallow water can cause paralysis or death. Always enter shallow water feet first.

Get Out if You Hear Thunder

It is not safe to swim during a thunderstorm. If lightning hits the pool water, electrocution is likely. As soon as you hear thunder, clear the pool. Get out even if you haven't seen lightning yet. Stay out of the pool until it has been thirty minutes since the last lightning sighting or rumble of thunder. 

Keep safety in mind this summer while you enjoy your swimming pool. If you have guests over, you are responsible for their safety. If a guest is injured in or around your pool, the liability coverage portion of your home insurance helps cover their medical bills and protect you should they decide to sue.

Your safety is our priority. Call Peachstate Insurance at (877) 997-2478 for more information on Atlanta home insurance.

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