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Pool Safety Tips

A swimming pool not only lets you enjoy rigorous exercise, but it also transforms your backyard into a relaxing outdoor oasis. That's why it's imperative to create pool safety guidelines found in the manufacturer's manual or based off your local swimming ordinances. Here are some essential pool safety tips to help keep swimmers safe.

Do's

  • Check with your homeowners' insurance agent - Find out exactly what safety requirements your insurance company will have in regards to having a pool on your property. Follow all regulations including the fine print of your insurance plan.
  • Learn CPR - Stay up to date on the latest method, and make sure you know how to perform this maneuver on children and adults should you ever need to help someone. Consider requiring this certification for all members of your immediate household in case the pool will ever be used when you're not present.
  • Stock safety equipment near the pool - Keep several life preservers and a first aid kit close to the pool just in case anything happens. You may also want to have a shepherd's hook and other pool safety equipment on hand.
  • Install fences and gates - Many local authorities require that you have a lockable enclosure that is at least 4' tall. You can often install one directly around the upper edge of the pool or a gated fence surrounding your backyard. Be sure to check local ordinances for requirements.
  • Clean your pool regularly - By filtering, cleaning and monitoring chemicals, you can help prevent the spread of germs and illness.
  • Make use of alarms - You can set alarms on the fence, gate or pool to alert you when someone is entering the pool area without your knowledge.

Don'ts

  • Don't allow children in or near the water unsupervised - Always keep kids in sight when they’re playing in the pool.
  • Don't forget sun protection - Wear sunscreen or sunblock with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 whenever you’re outside, especially if you plan on spending time in the pool.
  • Don't rely solely on floatation devices - Kids who use flotation devices, such as arm floaties and swim rings still need adult supervision.
  • Don't use electronics in or near the water - Prevent electric shocks by keeping anything with a power cord away from the pool.
  • Don't swim alone - Even adults should swim with a buddy or a group of people.