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How to Keep Your Home Pool Safe This Summer

Summer is in full swing, and if you’ve got a pool at home, it’s probably already getting a large amount of use! Do you have a bunch of family and neighbors over constantly? Your back gate may almost be like a swinging door as people are going in and out at all times of the day. While having your own home pool is awesome for you and everyone you know, it’s also a huge responsibility. The last thing you want is for a friend or family member to get hurt while playing in your pool. Make sure you’re following these tips for keeping your home pool safe all summer long

 

Secure Your Pool

Make sure your pool is completely surrounded by a fence at least 4-feet high. You also want the gate to be self-closing and self-latching. This can help prevent smaller children from making their way into the pool area if that’s not where they’re supposed to be. You might even consider getting a cover for your pool when it’s not in use to help prevent anyone from falling in.

 

Always Keep an Active Watch on Children

It’s so important to stay incredibly alert while kids are in the pool. Even if they do know how to swim, anything could happen. Make sure you know where they are at all times. Adult supervision is one of the most important factors in ensuring the safety of younger kids. You should stay within an arm’s reach of small children. Keep in mind that anything can happen in the blink of an eye.

 

Make Sure Everyone Knows How to Swim

You might enroll your kids in swim lessons. If the neighbor’s kids don’t know how to swim – handle it in a way you feel comfortable with. Perhaps you ask their parents to be in the pool with them at all times, or you may simply not allow them in your pool at all. Remember that if anyone gets hurt on your property, you could be held responsible.

 

Keep Rescue Equipment Next to the Pool

Safety rings and long poles are crucial to have by your pool in the event of an emergency.

 

Teach Kids How to Dial 9-1-1

If your kids don’t already know the importance of 9-1-1 in an emergency situation, now is probably the time to teach them. If a worst-case scenario was to take place and you were dealing with the situation in a hands-on way, you would want to be able to tell them to dial 9-1-1 and make sure they knew how to handle the conversation with the operator.

 

Get CPR Certified

Getting CPR certified is so important. If someone went underwater and drowned or passed out, being able to provide CPR before an ambulance arrived could literally save a life. These situations can be incredibly time-sensitive and require immediate attention.

 

Vacation

Summer Vacation Rentals

Each summer, more and more Americans are opting out of spending their money at a hotel and taking advantage of one of the many rental homes available across the country. Not only can a vacation rental be less costly, but it offers a little more space to spread out and some of the amenities “just like home”. A vacation rental can also make you feel like you’re part of the community and you may end up getting more from your vacation than if you stayed in a hotel.

 

Before you’re quick to commit to the first rental you find, you must be smart about you choice. The wrong rental can make or break your summer vacation. Whether you’re a first time vacation home renter or rent one every summer, here are some tips for making the most of your vacation rental this year:

Plan Your Vacation Ahead

 

Like most vacations, you’re like to have a better experience if you plan ahead. Whether you’re interested in renting a home from Airbnb or want to stay at a house with a beachfront view, it’s a good idea to start looking at rentals at least six months before your vacation starts. Although some vacations end up being spontaneous, your rental options may be sparse and it may cost more, particularly during peak vacation season. If you’re unsure where to find a vacation rental, a quick internet search may overwhelm you with options, but a real estate agent, local advertisements, and sites like Craigslist are good places to start.

Do Research on Your Vacation Destination

 

When searching for a vacation rental there are thousands of pictures to browse through and as much as we’d like to trust that the picture tells the truth, many images can be deceptive. Even if the pictures present a vacationer’s paradise, don’t commit to the rental without reading reviews and getting all the information you need. While some vacation rentals may not have any reviews posted, contact the homeowner with any questions you may have. If you aren’t happy with the answers or if it seems like certain questions are being dodged, pass on the rental.

Understand the Vacation Rental Contract

 

Whenever possible, you should consider a vacation rental that has a contract that is clear and easy to understand. Rentals without a contract can be extremely problematic, particularly if the rental owner wants to hold you responsible for something after your stay. An appropriate contract should include your payment schedule, your responsibilities in regards to damages or if extra cleaning is needed, and any extras such as utility bills, cleaning, or internet use. The contract you sign should also clearly state what you can and cannot use in the home. Consider having an attorney, who specializes in real estate, review the contract and do not sign it until you completely understand or agree with the document.

 

In addition to having a contract, your vacation rental should include a contact number for any questions or emergencies, clear instructions on how to use appliances and other features around the home.