Pool season will be here soon and we know that beyond the swimming, splashing, and games, the number one priority for every pool owner is safety! With that in mind, we’ve compiled this checklist so you can know that you’re taking every precaution needed.
Physical Pool Safety Tips
►Have a fence or barrier around your pool.
► Make sure your fence and gate are in perfect working order.
► Never leave the gate open or prop it open, and make sure it has a lock (a self-locking safety gate is best).
► Invest in fence and gate alarms that will alert inside the house if the pool gate is opened.
► When your pool will be unused for a prolonged length of time, replace the pool cover.
► Don’t leave toys in or around the pool when it’s not in use. These can be a temptation to children to come close to the pool or reach in when you’re not around.
► Cover all drains and openings.
If you have old drain covers, replace them with anti-vortex ones. There is a surprising amount of suction at the drain – enough to hold an adult in place. An anti-vortex drain cover distributes the water from the sides, and not just the top, preventing a tight suction.
►Instruct all children and adults to keep away from drains and openings.
►Never leave children unsupervised.
►Be in the water and within arm’ reach of a baby in a float or a toddler in a swim vest.
►Make sure all household members know how to swim and take swimming lessons if needed.
►Get training in CPR.
►If kids are allowed to swim when a babysitter is present, make sure your babysitter is CPR-certified.
►Keep a phone at hand outside near the pool.
►Make a rule that no one goes in the pool alone unless there’s an adult outside watching.
►Stay vigilant and watchful when kids are in the pool.
►During swim parties, designate 1-2 adults (or more if needed) to monitor swimmers.
►Purchase basic rescue equipment, like a rescue tube, shepherds crook, and/or life jackets and keep them near the pool.
►Keep kids away from pool equipment, filters, and water chemicals.
►Use sunscreen and/or UPF clothing to protect against sunburns.
Make sure that all family members know the safety rules and make any guests follow the rules, as well. When you know that your family members all understand and follow pool safety, you’ll have peace of mind and be able to enjoy your pool that much more. Need any help making sure your pool drains or equipment are in perfect working order? Contact us!