Many people are preparing to open their backyard swimming pool for the season. Pools are fun, but they do present big safety hazards, especially to small children, so pool owners must take relevant precautions. Here are some safety tips that in and above-ground pool owners should follow to keep their pool area safe.
Step 1: Install signs regarding pool rules and warning of hazards. For example, if the pool has features like a rock formation, a sign should indicate that the rocks are slippery when wet and should not be used as a diving board. If the pool has a slide or diving board, hang a special sign featuring rules of use.
Step 2: A pool cover should be used to protect the water, keep animals away, and prevent unsupervised use. Put the cover on whenever you are not present so children and pets do not try to get into the pool.
Step 3: Install depth markers so swimmers can easily distinguish the shallow and deep sections. Enforce maximum depth rules for different levels of swimmers. Make sure that beginning swimmers wear floatation devices at all times, regardless of depth.
Step 4: Follow manufacturer instructions when adding and mixing pool chemicals. Too many chemicals can irritate the skin or cause an allergic reaction. Too few chemicals may allow bacteria and other harmful germs to breed.
Step 5: Inspect pool vents, drains, and filters regularly to ensure that they are working properly and do not have holes or cracks. This prevents germs and bacteria from entering the pool and prevents swimwear from snagging on these areas.
Step 6: Install lighting in and around the pool to illuminate the area at night and make evening swimming much safer. Exterior lights from the home are not enough. Lights should be installed around the perimeter of the pool and underwater.