Cómo prevenir accidentes en piscinas

In this article you will find:

  • What should you monitor?
  • Safety conditions of the pool

It is important to do courses in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation to react to accidents in swimming pools during any festive season. Andrés Molina, an expert in risk prevention explains how to prevent accidents in swimming pools.

What should you monitor?

  • Permanent surveillance of adults, if there are children who are bathing or playing near the pool.
  • Never leave the door of the gate of access to the outdoor pool, if there is a minor may enter without monitoring the swimming area (swimming pools in condominiums or homes).
  • Respect the hours of use of the swimming pool. Outside of these works are carried out maintenance for which can be dangerous to enter.
  • Teach to swim early children or at least learn to float. This does not replace adult supervision.
  • It is recommended that young children use life jackets, appropriate to their age and weight; in children younger, you should use those with “capped floating” and straps that go through the groin, to prevent them from coming out.
  • Not to approach the duct to the filter, especially in public pools, where the suction force is greater.
  • Avoid running over the edges of the pool, which are usually wet and can lead to falls in and out of the water.
  • Never enter the swimming pool under the influence of alcohol. The risk awareness, reflexes, strength, and movements are altered by drinking.
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before exposure to the sun.

Safety conditions of the pool

  • Place gate edge of at least 80 cm of height (Decree 209 of 2003) that separates the recreation area from that intended for the transit of bathers around the pool. It suggests separation of bars not exceeding 12 cm, that is to say, that does not fit the head of a child.
  • The door of the gate edge must have a plate or insurance in its upper part to prevent access by non-scheduled children (swimming pools in condominiums or homes).
  • Use non-slip floor, waterproof and washable in the transit area around the pool.
  • Maintain a recreational area and that for the transit of bathers, free of objects that could cause accidents (bottles, cans, or other objects).


  • Taking the necessary precautions will help to prevent accidents, don't neglect!
  • Swimming courses for children should be taught from their first months of life.
  • Go to every activity in which their child participates.
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