Having a pool in your back yard is an awesome thing. Sure, it might be a bit tedious to keep it clean and spotless every day, but when you can actually use it as much as you want to cool off in the heat, there are very few feelings that come close.
However, you still need to make sure that your pool is safe for everyone, especially if you have young children around, or pets which might not be the best swimmers (looking at you, cats).
Pool experts at Payan Pool Service offer some great tips on how to keep your pool safe during this summer season.
Children’s Safety First
If your children are near or in the pool, make sure that they are always supervised. Teaching your children how to swim as soon as they are able is a good idea, but don’t rely on their skill to protect them. No matter how good a swimmer a child is, they still need to be closely watched.
So, if you are not in the pool, at least stay close enough so you can see them and act if they are in trouble.
For households with really young children, a pool fence is practically a must. Just like any other fence, it will prevent your child from accidentally wandering off to the pool area when you are not watching. Some experts recommend getting alarms on doors which lead to the pool. Whether it is redundant or not is up to you.
Each pool needs to have a drain. These holes serve to purify the water before it is sent back into the pool. Typically, they are several feet away from the pool and covered by a metal grille or some other type of cover.
What is important about these covers is that they are visibly marked and perhaps even fenced off so nobody (yourself included) wouldn’t accidentally step on it and fall in, injuring themselves in the process.
Naturally, if the cover is damaged or missing, replace it immediately as it is a safety hazard for everyone, but children and pets in particular.
Is Your Deck Cluttered
A lot of people don’t consider a cluttered or a messy pool deck to be a health hazard, but it very much can be. Children do enjoy running around, and if they trip or run into something, they can fall and injure themselves, especially if your deck is made of the concrete, or if they fall onto the edge of the pool.
Always keep a walkable path from the house to the pool and the main resting area on your deck.
In the Pool
Your pool itself can be a safety hazard or a safe zone, depending on how it has been put together. San Diego pools created by professionals are typically safe because they incorporate a lot of the safety features which are important.
Having at least one inflatable life ring or a similar item in the water may seem like a bad idea, but if a non-swimmer falls in, or if somebody has a problem in the pool, they will be more than grateful for it.
Additionally, having at least two different ladders and railings in different parts of the pool can give you or your children enough confidence to actually go into the pool, knowing they can leave much quicker and much safer if they feel like it.
In order to keep your pool clean and presentable, you need to use a lot of chemicals, including chlorine.
Chlorine is a poisonous substance which needs to be kept away from children and other non-trained individuals. What’s more, when you use it, make sure you are wearing protective equipment.
And when they are not being used to clean your pool, chlorine and other pool chemicals need to be stored safely away.
Pool safety revolves a lot on common sense, but there are always gaps in our knowledge, and it’s a good idea to do a mental checklist from time to time.