Swimming Pool Safety Tips
With warmer weather comes an array of outdoor activities like pool time, if you are lucky enough to have one. A pool also comes with the responsibility of safety must-haves and best practices that any parent or homeowner should know. With over 200 young children¹ drowning in backyard pools each year, these tips are critical to ensuring a fun and safe environment.
- It is important to maintain secure fencing and a locked entrance around the pool and deck area to prevent access when adequate supervision is not available. Install self-closing and self-latching gates in the proper locations.
- Make sure no one swims alone. Never leave a child unattended in the water or pool area, and see that less experienced swimmers are always accompanied by a swimmer who has water life-saving skills.
- Equip your door, gate or pool with an audible alarm to alert you if someone enters the pool area or falls into the pool while it is unattended.
- Diving should be prohibited unless a specific and safe area of the pool is designated. Water depth and diving-restricted areas should be clearly marked.
- Make sure there is adequate life-saving equipment in the pool area, including life preservers and a rope with life-saving rings, a reaching pole or rescue hook.
- Keep chemicals safely stored away from the pool area. Follow all storage and usage instructions recommended by the pool chemical manufacturer.
- Be sure electrical devices, including outdoor entertainment systems, are away from the pool or wet surfaces. Keep the area clear of glass bottles, toys or other potential accident hazards.
- Inspect the liner regularly as rips and tears can appear undetected at the top of the lining. Check for signs of wear and tear in areas where pipes or other items may have penetrated the liner (e.g. skimmers, hoses, etc.).
- For above-ground pools check metal supports for rust or deterioration. These may indicate areas where the pool could rupture or a person could be injured.
- Check the deck for safety hazards (e.g. protruding nails, loose boards, etc.).
- Check the pool’s stair handrails and deck railing to ensure structural integrity from someone leaning or grabbing it.
¹ American Red Cross - http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/water-safety/home-pool-safety
Article prepared by Travelers Insurance. Copyright 2021; May 2021
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