There is no such thing as “too safe” when it comes to swimming pool ownership. In fact, we have 10 ways to make your pool as safe as it can be and these may be safety tips you’re already practicing or you may want to add to what you’re already doing.
Pool ownership is a dream come true. Pool ownership brings a lot of responsibility and that ranges from keeping the water clean and bacteria-free and keeping everyone who uses the pool from harm. You may ask yourself, is your pool safe enough? That’s a question that should always be front of mind and you can ask us for tips and insight when we pay a service visit.
The swimming pool contractors from ACC Pools, the best pool service pros in Menifee, CA want to help make your pool the “safest room in the house.”
10 ways to make your pool as safe as it can be
- This may seem like a no-brainer but children should NEVER be left alone in the pool. When children are in the water, there should be an adult within arm’s reach of them. The same goes for adults — they shouldn’t swim alone.
- Babysitters should keep the pool off-limits when you’re away and must ensure the children cannot, and are not, anywhere near the pool.
- Fencing around the pool is probably the law where you live. Completely fence the pool. Install self-closing and self-latching gates. Make certain children cannot climb the gate or unlock it. All doors and windows that lead to the pool area should be securely closed, consider alarming doors and the pool gate. Fencing and alarms are ideal preventive safety measures, but there is no substitute for supervision.
- Swim lessons don’t negate the need to never leave a child alone in the pool.
- Floatation devices are no substitute for supervision. Even if a child can swim, he may be better served wearing a life vest. Water wings shouldn’t be considered lifesaving devices as they can easily slip off.
- Pool covers need to be all the way off when anyone is in the pool.
- Get all toys out of the pool when you’re not swimming. Don’t leave toys as floating objects that could lure a child to try and get to it.
- Use safety, locking and/or fold up steps on an above ground pool.
- Add pool alarms — to the fence, floating pool alarms that will sound if the water’s surface is broken and add alarms to all the fencing in the area.
- Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Keep a lifejacket, a kickboard and a long hook to use to aid a swimmer in distress.
Swimming pools are fun and exciting and are great for a family fun time but a pool owner can never let his or her guard down at any times when anyone is in the pool.