lifeguard knowledge

It is the responsibility of pool owners to maintain a safe space around the pool area at all times. That means whether or not it is in use. Putting up pool fences and having emergency equipment ready is a great way to start. However, taking the extra step and getting CPR-certified is commendable. After all, the responsibility of a pool owner should not be taken lightly. Emergency situations cannot be foreseen but it can be prepared for. In this article, we discuss why it’s a good idea for residential pool owners to get CPR certification.

What is CPR?

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR is a procedure performed to save lives during emergencies. It is applicable for emergency situations in which a victim’s heart stops beating. Examples of these are heart attacks and near-drowning. It involves what the American Heart Association calls C-A-B or Compressions-Airway-Breathing.

Why Is It Important for Pool Owners?

According to the World Health Organization, drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional death around the world. Anytime the swimming pool is in use, pool owners have to be prepared for any accidents that might occur. Unlike in commercial swimming pools, there aren’t lifeguards present at a residential pool. This makes the knowledge and skill that CPR training is highly valuable for private pool owners everywhere.

How to Get a CPR Certification?

CPR certification is given to those who successfully undergo CPR training and examination. This enables people to be prepared and to respond promptly when faced in an emergency situation. To be CPR-certified, one must take accredited CPR training with experienced professionals. In St. Louis, CPR training classes are offered by the American Red Cross. Training includes course materials, simulation learning, in-person learning, and practical application. After the course is finished, trainees take a certification exam. Training classes only take a short period of time to complete but can make a world of difference when facing life or death situations.

Other Safety Measures

As a bonus, here are other safety measures a private pool owner can take to maintain safety:

  • Make sure the pool deck has a non-skid surface with stamped concrete overlays or other concrete resurfacing systems.
  • Keep emergency equipment accessible around the pool area.
  • Install fencing and keep it locked when the pool is not in use and unsupervised.
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