10 Year-Round Swimming Pool Safety Tips
No matter what the weather conditions, your swimming pool can pose a danger to children, pets, and even adults. Yes, it’s a great source of entertainment and fun, but make sure that you take a few safety precautions to prevent accidents from happening.
Here are a few suggestions…
Install a fence. Many municipalities already enforce laws regarding fences around swimming pools. But if you don’t already have one, it’s time to call a fencing company. Gates should open outward and be equipped with automatic locking features.
Consider one or more alarm systems. In the event that you forget to lock your gate, an alarm will tell you if it is opened. Alternately, underwater sensors in your pool will set off an alarm when your pool surface is disturbed by something falling into it.
Reconsider your diving board. Even proficient divers can slip and hit their heads, and diving boards are often irresistible to curious but unskilled children. Leave these to larger diving pools with trained lifeguard staff.
Check for tripping hazards daily. Monitor your pool area for tripping hazards like floats, toys, and cleaning equipment left near the edge of the pool.
Check your drain covers. Drains can pose a hazard via dangerous suction that can trap swimmers at the bottom of the pool. Check drain covers to be sure they’re in good condition, with no cracks or missing screws.
Keep rescue equipment and a first aid kit handy. Your life ring, life hook, and first aid supplies should be kept in a clearly visible location in case they are ever needed. Check them regularly to be sure they’re in good condition.
Learn CPR. You never know when you will need this valuable, life-saving skill. Check with your local Red Cross about CPR classes, so you can learn to protect your family, neighbors, and visitors when emergency services are (critical) minutes away.
Teach your kids to swim. While you’re signing up for life-saving lessons, get your kids involved. If you’re having trouble teaching them yourself, look into private lessons. Kids often respond differently to professional instructors.
Set pool rules. Consider rules such as no running, no pushing/shoving/dunking, no diving into shallow water, and no swimming without an adult present.
Store chemicals out of reach. Your pool chemicals are designed to keep your water “healthy”, but they’re hardly healthy on their own. Store them in a locked, well-ventilated area.
For more information on your pool chemicals, storage, or treating your pool safely, give us a call. We can review your pool cleaning procedures to ensure that not only are you safe, but your pool is well maintained, too.