How to Identify Dangerous Swimming Weather


Having a personal pool in the backyard is a luxury most people don't get a chance to enjoy. While it certainly comes with a lot of perks, it also comes with a lot of responsibility. For pool owners, there are a lot of things to consider when it comes to keeping friends and family safe while they are swimming and/or just visiting. Besides making sure small children and other vulnerable people can't get into the pool without the knowledge of a caretaker, it is important to know when weather necessitates removing everyone from the pool and/or deck.

When to Clear People Out

When clouds start to roll in, many people wonder if it is already time to get out of the pool or if they can wait until they hear thunder or see lightening. In general, there are 2 things that should determine when people should be cleared from the pool: when a local weather forecast issues a severe thunderstorm warning or when people hear thunder and/or lightening. In all cases, be sure to err on the side of caution as the consequences of waiting too long can be serious or even deadly.

The "Flash-Bang" Count

One of the guidelines used at public pools is the "flash-bang count." This count is based on being able to both see lightening and hear thunder. As soon as the weather lookout sees lightening, he or she should begin counting. If the sound of thunder comes 30 seconds or less after the flash of lightening, everyone should be removed from the pool and taken to a safe, sheltered area.

By being proactive when it comes to lightening, pool owners can help make sure swimming is always safe and fun.

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