Summer fun is in full swing and the pool is open for all to enjoy! The water is perfect and the family fun is non-stop. There is no better time to take a second look to double check the pool safety preparations for your family and friends.
The best way to approach this is to look at 3 main areas:
• Equipment and Surroundings
• Family Training
• Rules for the Pool
Equipment and Surroundings:
1. Check to see that the fence self-closing gate works properly and locks automatically when left open. Above ground pool – when not in use, be certain that the pool ladder is removed or the top step lock gate is secure.
2. Be sure that all lawn chairs, trees or shrubs do not provide easy access to boost anyone over the fence.
3. Check the bottom edge of the fence or barrier to be certain there are no openings, which may invite small children or pets to access the pool area.
4. Mark water depths properly with a safety float line where the bottom slope deepens.
5. Check all equipment periodically for protruding bolts, sharp edges, broken ladders and replace non-slip materials when worn out.
6. Confirm that rescue devices and first-aid kit are in the immediate pool area.
7. Check and maintain proper chemical balance.
8. New pet? Check to see that you have a pet safe ladder.
9. No one should swim alone.
10. Children must have an adult to enter the pool. Adult stays to supervise.
11. Teach children to float or swim. Grab the edge when startled.
12. If diving is permitted, clearly designate the safe area to dive.
13. Confirm your pet can swim or prevent any access.
14. Teach everyone to swim or float without assistance.
Rules for the Pool:
15. Never push people into the pool.
16. No electrical items permitted in pool area.
17. No running on the pool deck.
18. No diving thru inner tube or float.
19. No diving in a pool that is not deep enough.
20. Remove all toys from the pool, when not in use.
Have fun! Be safe!
PS: check out http://www.poolsafely.gov/ and Take the Pool Safely Pledge!