How To Keep Your Swimming Pool Safe  

by Pool Builders on 09-11-2012 in Articles

There is nothing quite like the pure pleasure that comes from having your own swimming pool. That watery oasis in your back yard will quickly become your favorite place during the heat of the summer. However, if you are going to have a pool installed, there are a number of very important issues, regulations, laws and safety precautions regarding swimming pools that must be adhered to in order to ensure your continued enjoyment.
Long before you set about finding the perfect pool for your back yard, you need to find out what the local laws are pertaining to installing one. For the most part, you are going to find that the laws that are in effect regarding swimming pools, no matter where you live, have been put in place to keep everyone not only in your family, but in your community safe. Among these are requirements such as having your pool completely fenced in with a locking gate, having a latch that is high enough that small children cannot reach it and so forth.
The best way to find out what your local laws are pertaining to swimming pools is to contact your local city code enforcement office; if you live outside of city limits your county should also maintain a similar office. When talking to them, you should ask what types of pools are acceptable as not every area permits the newer soft sided pools such as have become increasingly popular. Some also have restrictions on size, if you live in an area with a home owner's association this is very likely to be the case.
Once you have cleared the legal aspects of installing your pool and chosen the one you want, it is up to you to ensure the safety of your family, friends and neighbors. Keep in mind that whether you are present or not, the safety of everyone is still your responsibility and the last thing you want is for someone to get hurt or to drown. The first step is to install a fence; while this is a requirement in most areas, even if it is not where you live you should still do so. Most consider a 6 foot privacy fence to be the best choice, with a locking gate for when no one is home.
Inside your back yard there are several other safety precautions you can take. For example the use of anti-slip tape on ladders and steps can help to prevent falls. Removing the ladder when no one is using the pool can help prevent younger children from falling in. Covers for swimming pools can be very useful not only to keep dirt and debris out of your pool, but uninvited guests as well. However a word of caution, if you plan to use a cover, you need to ensure that it can be fully fastened on all edges. Otherwise a child or a pet could end up underneath it, in the pool with no way to surface or get out.
If you are going to create a cool water filled oasis in your back yard, it is up to you to take every step possible to ensure that you do so within the auspices of the laws where you live. But more importantly you need to do everything in your power to ensure that you create a safe haven for everyone to enjoy.

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