When the weather gets warm, there is no place like being in the swimming pool. This can be a lot of work and expense, but most people feel that it is worth it. Owning a pool also comes with a lot of responsibility and here is some important information that can help increase your pool knowledge and safety.
Your fence is there to keep out intruders or people interested in using your pool without your permission. Whether you realize it or not, anyone entering your property and using your pool could sue you for damages or injury.
You should have some kind of fence or barrier around your entire swimming pool. In fact, in most places, it's the law. You need to check with your local municipality or government about ordinances concerning swimming pools. Some areas may only require a 3 foot fence while others may want something as tall as 6 feet.
Swimming pool gates should be self latching and have the latch on the inside. You will need to check ordinances on gates also. Plus, it's a good idea to talk to your insurance broker, as the insurance company may have specific requirements as to proper pool protection for your home.
Kid Gate Safety
Every year, many small children die in home swimming pools, and the saddest part is, these accidents are almost 100 percent preventable. Make sure you always know where your kids are and install a special lock and alarm on the gate and entryways to your pool.
Children should never be alone in the pool or swim unsupervised. This does not include letting children watch other children. If a child is 12 years old or more, and is a good swimmer, this is alright, otherwise, it is just not safe to leave kids unsupervised in a swimming pool.
Kids of all ages can learn how to swim. IN fact, some children are learning to swim before they can walk. The earlier you teach your child, the easier it is, because they have very few fears when they are toddlers. There are plenty of local swimming courses available and they are affordable.
Flotation Devices and Toys
Keep plenty of flotation equipment in or near your pool. Paddle boards and swimming pool noodles are perfect for safety and they can help to keep someone afloat that accidentally falls into the pool.
Unless your pool is at least 8 feet in the deep end, there should be no diving allowed. It is very easy to become injured diving into a pool even if the pool is deep enough, proper safety precautions must be adhered to.
Keep the Water Clean
Test your water on a regular basis and make sure there are adequate chlorine levels in the pool at all times. Chlorine works as a disinfectant and can clean water of many contaminants. Also, clean the pool filter every week and add other chemicals as they are needed. This helps everyone in the household avoid harmful germs and bacteria.
Have Plenty of Liability Insurance
Pools require additional insurance protection. Be sure your limits are adequate and if you are not certain, talk to your insurance broker about your needs. He or she is there to make sure you are fully protected.