Owning a pool can be good fun, but it’s also highly important to ensure your pool is safe. Doing so will protect your children and other family members, as well as friends and neighbors, from drowning and other pool-related accidents, injuries, and illnesses.
Here are a series of questions you should ask yourself regularly to ensure your pool is safe. If you answer no to any of these, be sure to read the section after each question to learn how to make your pool safer.
- Is your pool water properly treated? Do you test your pool regularly?
You should test your pool chemistry weekly for optimum safety benefit. Untreated or improperly treated pool water can result in unpleasant and sometimes life-threatening bacterial infections. It also decreases the lifespan of your pool.
If you’re unsure of proper chemical levels for your pool, check local regulations or ask your pool manufacturer for proper chemical levels. There are also a number of pool safety blogs online that can help you with this process.
- Is your pool fenced in or walled off? Do all fences and walls meet minimum height requirements?
Pools are legally required to be fenced or walled by most localities. Most laws and regulations require that pool fences and/or walls be four feet high, though many experts recommend five feet.
If your pool does not have a fence or wall, it is important to have one installed as soon as possible. This will keep your children and others in your geographic area safe, and will also protect you from legal trouble.
- Is your pool fence in good condition?
Many pool owners who have properly fenced their pools still don’t check their pool fences frequently enough. A sight check every week or two is very important to pool safety.
When checking your pool fence, look for signs of wear and tear such as rust.
You should also check your pool fence after storms and other natural events that could damage it. Also, during every weekly or bi-weekly check of your pool fence, look for holes made by animals. Children and pets can easily slip through even very small holes in fences.
- Is your pool properly covered when not in use?
If your pool is covered only by a traditional pool cover when not in use and during the off-season, it may not be as safe as possible for children, pets, and others.
Most experts recommend use of a safety pool cover, which will not collapse under the weight of a person or animal like traditional pool covers will. This can easily prevent drowning and other types of accidental death and injury.
Safety pool covers are also often more effective at keeping out dirt, leaves, and other debris, which could increase the lifespan of your pool.
This means that safety pool covers will save you time and effort later when it comes time to use your pool again, and will also grant you greater personal safety and peace of mind right now.
If you answered “yes” to all of these questions, your pool should definitely be safe for everyday use. However, you may consider additional safety features such as pool alarms if there are pets or young children in your home or neighborhood.
If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you should immediately begin work to make your pool safer. Do not use your pool until all safety requirements have been met.