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If you own a pool, relaxing in the backyard during the summer months is a fun and enjoyable way to beat the Texas summer heat! Though splashing and diving is carefree fun, owning a backyard pool comes with serious responsibilities, too. From poolside party safety tips to supervision, there are many general safety precautions you can take to make sure your friends and family enjoy your pool safety. 

Swimming Safety Precautions
- Install a fence with self-locking and closing gates to completely isolate your pool from your house and the areas around it. The fence should be at least 5 feet high so that people who are not supposed to be swimming do not have access without your permission and supervision.

- Do not leave your children or guests alone in the event that they would need assistance. As the homeowners, you are ultimately liable for the safety of others in the pool on your property. 

- Remove toys from the pool when they are not in use. This is tempting for children or even animals to want to climb in the pool and reach for the toys.

- Do not swim alone in case you suffer a health problem such as a muscle cramp or heart attack and consequently cannot swim to the side safely without assistance

- Teach pool rules to your children and guests and post them in a highly visible location

- Do not swim for at least 30 minutes if you hear thunder or see lightening. When you see or hear thunder and lightening again, wait an additional 30 minutes before going into the pool.  

When hosting a pool party at home, it is wise to assign several adults to the job of "lifeguard" for all swimmers. These individuals should not drink alcohol and should stay on constant alert for swimmers in distress. For more information on what liability is held from you pool on your homeowners policy, please call The Shropshire Agency at 806-763-7311 to speak with one of our agents! 
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