Top Pool Safety Tips – Above Ground Pools & In Ground Pools
If you have a pool, whether above or in ground, you as the home owner have a responsibility to keep everyone around you safe from the inherent threats of the large body of water in your backyard. From drownings to paralysis, no one really wants to think about the tragic consequences of poor pool management; however, it’s critical that you stick to some basic rules for safety.
The CDC says drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in children under the age of 14. In addition, more than 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year, says the Red Cross. Accidents can happen in an instant. Be prepared for them.
- Surround your pool with gates that meet minimum requirements set forth by your town – usually at least four feet tall with no more than four inches between vertical slats.
- Make sure the gate has a working lock that kids can’t work. The latches should be self closing. It’s a good idea to put an alarm on the gate if it’s opened.
- Install an in-water pool alarm that will go off if someone falls in.
- Make sure there are no objects on the ground outside the gates that kids and pets can climb on to get inside.
- Lock all windows and doors inside the home so little ones can’t escape into the pool area without your knowledge.
- Sign your child up for swimming lessons.
- Take all toys and floats out of the water when not in use so as not to tempt anyone to jump in when they’re not supposed to.
- For above ground pools, remove ladders and steps when not in use.
- Keep your cell phone with you at all times when in the pool area so you never have to leave to answer the phone – even for a few seconds.
- Take a CPR class.
- Ensure the pool area is equipped with rescue equipment.
- Post rules by the pool and enforce them, such as no running by the pool and always swim with a buddy.
- Do not allow diving under any circumstances in above ground pools or shallow ends of inground pools.
- Insist that all young and inexperienced swimmers wear a life jacket while in or around the pool.
- Keep all electrical appliances away from the water.
- Keep the water in your pool or hot tub clean and clear by maintaining proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration. Regularly test the chemical levels and adjust them in order to prevent the incidence of earaches, rashes or more serious diseases.
Swimming pools can be fun for the whole family. There’s really no better way to cool off in the summer and enjoy time with friends! However, safety comes first. Central Jersey Pools urges all pool owners to take the proper safety precautions to prevent injury and death. If you need help with safety suggestions or chemical balancing, call Central Jersey Pools today.