Ten Safety Tips For Inground Or Above Ground Pools  

by Pool Builders on 08-24-2009 in Articles

Owning an inground or above ground pool opens up all kinds of fun opportunities for the summer, but many people hesitate before installing one because they're concerned about safety. Peterborough, Ontario pool construction specialists Water World Centre emphasizes pool safety to overcome consumer worries and stick to the service quality that has made it a regional favorite. Here are 10 tips they often pass on to customers that will help any pool owner ensure their pool stays safe and enjoyable throughout the season.

Enclose Your Pool on All Sides: Tough, high fencing not only discourages trespassers from taking a dip but if it encloses the pool completely, also prevents children in the house from using the pool without proper adult supervision. Quebec legislation will soon make four sided enclosure mandatory, and other provinces may soon follow.

Keep a First Aid Kit Close at Hand: You should have a first aid kit near the pool at all times. It should be fully stocked in case of serious emergencies (contact your local Red Cross or lifesaving organization for details) but even if nothing that serious happens it's always good to have a few band-aids on hand.

Learn First Aid and CPR: Owning a first aid kit isn't enough; you need to learn to use it. At least one adult per household should have current certification, and it's not a bad idea for the rest of the family. Once again, contact the Red Cross, St. John's Ambulance or another certified lifesaving organization.

Become a Strong Swimmer: The better you can swim, the safer you'll be, and the more likely you'll be to help someone in an emergency. Swimming competence goes from basics to lifeguard-level skills, and no matter your current level you should strive to improve.

Keep a Phone with Emergency Numbers Programmed: Keep a phone by the pool with emergency numbers programmed or written nearby so you can call for help as soon as possible. Besides 911, keep non-emergency numbers in case of less urgent but important problems like a serious leak or sickness after swimming.

Never Swim Alone: Never use the pool by yourself. Even strong swimmers have accidents - and if you have that accident alone, who's going to save you?

Only Dive Head First in Designated Areas: There are specific standards for diving. If the water is too shallow or the area isn't properly built for it, a dive can be fatal. Consult your local builder, but the minimum is about 9 feet in many jurisdictions.

Properly Store All Chemicals: Pool chemicals can be toxic or caustic, so store them according to the exact instructions and keep them out of reach of children or pets.

Keep Your Pool in Good Shape: Poorly maintained pools are dangerous. They can cause sickness due to poor sanitation, or loose fittings can cause falls from ladders, or expose swimmers to dangerous drain suction (never underestimate the risks of this, particularly to children).

No Roughhousing: Your parents and local lifeguards were right! Don't throw people into the pool, run around on the deck or do anything else like that. It just takes one accident to ruin the fun.

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