Is my pool safe? That’s a question that all home swimming pool owners should be asking themselves. PoolSafely.gov reports that thousands of pool injuries and drowning incidents occur every year. Most pool accidents can be avoided with preventative safety measures and good common sense. Check out the following home swimming pool safety tips to learn if you’re doing what you can to help make your swimming pool safer for summer fun.
Do you have a fence? A pool cover? Have you checked your pool drains lately? Follow these steps for safer swimming pool equipment.
When you’re finished enjoying the pool, make sure you take all the toys and flotation devices out of the pool so that curious children don’t try to reach for them. Cover the pool and lock the fence.
If you have an above-ground pool, remove the steps or ladder so no one can climb them.
According to the CPSC , a child can drown in less time than it takes to answer the phone. That’s why it’s critically important that you never leave children unattended when they’re swimming in your pool—and why any child younger than 5 years old should always be within arm’s reach.
For an extra measure of security, familiarize yourself with CPR and basic rescue procedures and always keep a phone near the swimming pool.
Dirty pool water is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and germs that can cause sickness and infections in swimmers. But making the effort to keep your swimming pool and water as clean as possible can help minimize the possibility of illness.