Here are a few important pool safety tips to help you
ensure that you and your pool stay safe this summer.
Ensure the pool has
been properly installed using correct techniques and materials and be sure all
accessories meet local and national building and safety requirements including
slides, diving boards, pool alarms, fences and other enclosures.
should include many different barriers to ensure a child or animal cannot get
into your pool. Some safety barriers include appropriate fencing, a safety cover
and pool alarms.
To ensure the pool is clean and bacteria-free, check
all water and chemical levels often and rectify as needed.
should never under any circumstances be left alone in or near spas, pools hot
tubs or any place that gathers water. Water should be pumped off existing
covers, as they can pose a drowning risk as well.
Chemicals should be
stored in a place where children cannot access them and should be stored in
appropriate places (i.e not next to one another, in certain temperatures etc.)
as recommended by your local pool contractor and chemical manufacturer.
Chemicals should never be mixed.
Ensure when you are dispensing
chemicals that you read and follow all appropriate instructions.
appropriate level of sunscreen or sunblock should always be worn when outdoors
and should be reapplied as often as necessary.
It is very wise to have
rescue apparatus and a phone accessible when outside in the pool and it is
recommended that pool owners receive proper lifesaving certification.
one should ever run, push or play near a pool or ever hold anyone under the
water or jump while others are in the pool.
No one should ever swim
alone in a pool and it is very dangerous to be in a pool or hot tub while
Floating toys are not lifejackets or approved flotation
devices and should not be used as such.
A person diving should know the
proper way to dive and know the water's depth before ever diving into a pool.
For a pool owner, a diving board should be installed properly, be the right size
and length and should be placed in the right spot.
If there is any type
of rain or inclement weather forecasted, do not swim or be near a pool.
Any type of pool cover should be entirely removed before anyone goes swimming in
a pool as being trapped under a partially removed cover is dangerous.
Never have glass near a pool, if it breaks it can cause damage to a pool's liner
and injure those walking with barefoot.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT SAFETY
FEATURE OF MY POOL?
The single most important safety feature for swimming
pools is competent, vigilant supervision. Without it you’re placing the lives of
your family and guests in the hands of equipment and gadgets. Most pool
accidents occur when adults are not present. Maybe they were sidetracked (even
for an instant) or perhaps they thought that their pool had enough safety
equipment built in. Unfortunately we sometimes learn too late that there is NO
SUBSTITUTE FOR SUPERVISION.
Children look for opportunities to spread
their wings and “escape” the confines of parent’s watchful eye. They have little
concept of danger and will attempt on their own what they’ve seen older siblings
or parents do; like jumping in the pool or spa. All parents know this and most
take steps to protect their kids from pool dangers. They teach them to swim, put
up fences and alarms, repeatedly tell them to stay away from the pool area, and
the list goes on. By a large measure, most of us are successful in protecting
our kids from pool injuries. Only a small percentage of children who live in a
house with a swimming pool are injured or drowned in it. And an even smaller
number of children visiting houses with swimming pools are injured or drowned
However, even 1 child drowning in a backyard swimming
pool is too many. The reasons are all too familiar to us all. We’ve heard them a
hundred times on the news. “I turned away for only a second to answer the
phone…”, or “I thought the door was locked….”, or even “I thought she was
asleep. She must have crawled out of her crib….”. The fact is that kids can get
away from you if you’re not constantly vigilant where your pool is concerned.
BE AWARE AT ALL TIMES
Use safety devices such as alarms, gates and
fences, covers, etc. as backup devices. At most, expect them to give you a few
extra seconds of reaction time. Don’t expect them to save the life of your
child. That’s your job.
WHAT IS MEANT BY "LAYERS OF PROTECTION"?
Simply put, it means to have multiple levels of safety features on your pool.
For example, a fence (meeting Florida Building Code standards) completely around
a pool is one layer of protection. A gate alarm (again, meeting FBC standards)
would be another layer. Anti-entrapment, anti-entanglement (or at least
anti-vortex) would be considered another layer. A pool cover capable of
supporting the weight of adults (and meeting other important safety standards)
would be another layer. Having dual main drains (built correctly and valved
properly) would be yet another layer or protection.
Clearly the more
layers of protection you have in place the safer your pool is. When you read
most Building Codes (including Florida’s), you’ll see the phrase “layers of
protection” referred to several times.
Depending on one single
protective device or pool feature is not good practice. More is definitely
better when pool safety devices are concerned. One note here is to make sure
that the devices and features are installed correctly, that they work as they’re
intended and that they are maintained properly. The best alarm in the world
won’t help you if your batteries are dead.
One last note: Once again,
devices help. Layers of protection should not be relied upon in place of adult
supervision. In fact, adult supervision should be your Number One Layer of
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ON POOL SAFETY?
can click here for pertinent information as well as search the Internet using
the keywords; "swimming pool safety". We created this site to deal exclusively
with pool safety issues. Using data from a variety of sources as well as drawing
on our own experiences, this site is a helpful source for pool owners who want
to make their pool as safe as possible.
To those folks who are intent on
keeping their pool safe, we applaud your effort. Too many people place pool
safety toward the end of their "things to do" list. If we can be of assistance
in your safety efforts, don't hesitate to call. Information is free for the
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