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Staying safe in the pool.
The one criteria which is asked for above all others by potential rentors is whether or not the villa has a pool. Undoubtedly, this is the main reason many holiday makers choose to rent their own villa, so they can have exclusive access to their own private pool.
However, most people are not used to having a swimming pool in the garden and forget that it can be extremely dangerous if basic safety procedures are not followed.
Every villa should have a pool safety notice on the wall of their pool deck. This is there for a reason and you must read the pool rules before you swim. It is a good idea to go through the rules with all the people in your family group, especially=y the children.
Common safety features of most pool homes are an alarm system on all outside doors or a pool safety fence which runs along the outside deck area, screening off the water.
You must NEVER disable an alarm, however annoying the noise may be, and always keep the pool fence in place. You will be breaking Florida law if you don’t.
Never dive into the pool. They are not deep enough and you will be seriously injured. Most pools are only about five feet deep at their deepest level. Don’t let anyone run around the deck area. You could fall or trip. Jumping into the pool isn’t a good idea either.
Always keep your eye on babies and children who are using inflatable swimming aids. They are not an excuse for them to be left unsupervised.
Never allow children out on the pool deck or in the water without adult supervision. Make sure that you know where the children are at all times.
Some pools have a pool blanket, which is essentially a large piece of plastic which floats on the surface of the water to keep in warm at night. Never try to walk on the cover. You will get tangled in it and cold be pulled under the water.
Always use plastic table ware outside. Broken glass is very dangerous. Ensure you are well protected from the sun and don’t stay in the water for too long, especially at midday.
Your Florida holiday will be fantastic if you respect the swimming pool and all the dangers that can accompany it. If you follow the rules you and your family will stay safe and have a wonderful time.
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Page added on: 29 March 2008
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