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Backyard swimming pools are designed for all things fun in the sun. But a responsible pool owner knows that anything can happen, and safety should be your number one priority. Every pool should have at least a basic, essential first-aid kit in case of an emergency. However, not everyone knows what should be in a poolside first-aid kit.

Just a simple first-aid kit could save lives in an emergency situation. However, a more complete kit could save a life. It is also important to apply safety rules around the pool such as no running or no diving in the shallow end. Here is an example of a lifeguard first-aid kit checklist so you can be prepared.

What Should Be in a Poolside First-aid Kit?

First-aid Checklist for the Pool

  • 2 absorbent compresses
  • 25 assorted bandages
  • One 10-yard adhesive cloth tape
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packs
  • 2 packets of aspirin
  • A breathing barrier
  • A cold compress
  • Various sizes of non-latex gloves
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packs
  • A pair of blunt-tip scissors
  • A pair of tweezers
  • 2 roller bandages
  • 10 sterile gauze pads
  • A thermometer
  • 2 triangle bandages
  • A space blanket

Depending on the size of your pool and how many people usually occupy it, you might want to keep more than one first-aid kit ready. If you do not feel like assembling a kit yourself, you can purchase a first-aid kit. However, you’ll want to make sure it is a kit with an Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) certification for pool first aid.

Swimming pool first-aid kits come in two different types: one for private home pools and one for public facilities. If you frequently host a lot of guests at your pool, you should purchase a kit meant for public facilities.

Importance of Water Safety Equipment

Backyard pools can be a great place for family fun or entertaining guests. However, accidents can happen at any time and being prepared is important. Additional items you should consider keeping on hand at your pool are a life hook and a safety ring buoy. If there is ever an emergency and you have to pull someone out of the water, but you do not have the strength (or if they are bigger than you) these pieces of equipment could save you the struggle and possibility of a fatal situation. You want to select a storage spot that is close to the pool and easily accessible so that you can quickly access them.

Educate Yourself on Pool Safety

The final – and arguably most important – step is to educate yourself on pool safety. Every member of the family should be educated on the first-aid kit and safety equipment, so they have no hesitation to respond if help is needed. As a pool owner, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone at your pool. Stocking your pool with the necessary safety equipment and having knowledge of pool safety will ensure everybody has a fun a safe pool experience.


Now you know what should be in your poolside first-aid kit! Don’t forget: Aspen Pool Company is ready to help you keep your pool clean, balanced, and in perfect shape for swimming all season long.