The Pool Safety Kit  

by Pool Builders on 06-17-2007 in Articles

While each swimming pool is as unique as the adults and children who enjoy the pool, there is a common ground on which all pools should stand: Safety. One way to see that safety goes hand-in-hand with your summertime fun is to have a well-considered Pool Safety Kit at the ready at all times near the pool.

And while your pool or your environment may require more items than seen listed here, the following recommendations are a good place to start when building your Pool Safety Kit.

Pool Covers, Automatic or Manual
When not in use, the pool should be covered by an approved and rated safety cover which completely covers the pool, blocking access to pool water.

Float Line/Rope
Often anchored into the wall of the pool itself, float lines stretch across the pool and indicate the separation of the deep end from the shallow end of the pool. Floats should space intermittently and evenly across the rope spanning the entire width of the pool.

Life Ring
The life ring is what it sounds like, a floatation ring attached to a sturdy, well-kept length of rope. A good rule of thumb is to have enough rope attached to the ring to comfortably span your pool from any angle or side. It is a good idea to practice the techniques listed in the instructions that accompany this device.

Shepherd's Hook
The shepherd's hook (or crook as it is sometimes called) is a solid-state extendable pole with hook attachment that allows the user to "hook" a person in the water to pull them to safety. This should be stored within easy reach of the primary pool area. It is a good idea to practice the techniques listed in the instructions that accompany this device.

First Aid Kit
A basic first aid kit makes good sense in the primary pool area, stocked with items like compresses, bandages, disinfectant and equally important, first aid instructions should an emergency arise you are not prepared for. While the kit should not be locked, it should be stored out of the reach of young children.

Storage Bin:
While this may seem obvious, all pool chemicals should be under lock and key, stored away from children and pets, and kept current with "use-by" dates.

CPR instructions, emergency phone numbers and pool rules should all be displayed in a prominent, easy-to-see area of the pool.

This bears repeating: The above is only the beginning of safety preparation, and is not intended to replace manufacturer's recommendations for care, maintenance and safe use of your pool. These suggestions are merely a common ground from which to start--and create--a comprehensive safety strategy for your swimming pool environment.

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