Swimming Pool Safety In And Around The Pool

by Pool Builders on 11-27-2010 in Articles

For many families, there is nothing better than relaxing around the backyard swimming pool with friends and family. We all know that swimming pools provide a great way to cool off on a hot summer day and partake in some healthy activities.

While they are fun, there are far too many reports of pool-related deaths annually. Even in spite of this families continue to install pools as a way to beat the heat and even in some instances to take advantage of the staycation trend.

To enjoy your pool to its fullest you need to make sure everyone is aware of swimming pool safety.

In ground pools come with safety concerns above what an above ground pool might; you need to pay special attention to pets that may wander in and around the pool area.

As with any pool, there should always be someone around when individuals are swimming. The buddy system is a good plan to implement so that no one swims alone. Child death risks are greater with an in ground pool than an above ground as they could simply trip and fall in. This is why the area should be fenced and why children should never be left alone.

Not running around the pool area is also a rule that should be strictly enforced and there should be no riding toys (tricycles for example) around the deck area.

For above ground pools, a fence and/or a pull up and locking ladder are musts. The ladder must be installed properly and checked regularly to make certain it is still sturdily attached. There should also be no walking around, or sitting on, the edge of the pool; falling off and hitting the ground can cause injuries and sitting on the sides could cause the pool to collapse.

Another aspect of pool ownership that needs to be monitored is the maintenance of pool pumps, filters and other mechanical parts. These pool devices are electric and can cause injury or death if not used carefully.

Pool chemicals and chlorine should be stored in a locked area and kept out of the reach of children and pets.

Everyone who owns a pool knows that it needs care and maintenance. One of the major things is that a non-treated and improperly cared for pool can be the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects that can carry diseases to your family.

Also, if you do not keep up with your pool cleaning and maintenance, the water could become a breeding ground for bacteria and algae that could make your family ill if it is ingested or gets into the skin through an open wound.

While this may all sound like a cautionary tale against pools - it's not. It's just a reminder that even though having a pool is a great way to spend quality time with your family, it does need to be properly maintained.

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