Being a new pool owner is an exciting time. Also, after all the initial work of having the pool installed and filled, it can feel like a great time to simply take a rest and start enjoying the pool. However, have you considered important pool safety issues?
As fun and exciting as owning a pool is, it is also a hugely important responsibility. Pool safety is everyone’s safety. You are not the only one affected by the safety or lack thereof of your pool: your family, friends, and neighbors also deserve the safest environment you can give them.
There are several factors to consider when it comes to pool safety. Essentially, they can be divided into two large categories: the pool water and the pool environment. Let’s look at each of these in turn.
The Pool Water
Keeping the pool water safe is often easier than keeping the pool environment safe, but is just as important. Bacterial, viral, and fungal infections ranging from mildly inconvenient to life-threatening can all result from not keeping a clean, well-treated pool.
When your pool was installed, you should have received information about how to properly fill, treat, and drain your pool. Be sure to adhere to these instructions, and to learn them well. Test your pool chemistry regularly.
If there are any irregularities in pool chemistry, be sure to stop use of the pool immediately. Treat the water and make sure everything is back to normal before starting to use the pool again.
Information about how best to treat your pool, as well as safe levels of various chemicals, can be found with groups such as the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group.
The Pool Environment
Once you have ensured your pool water is safe, it’s time to check the safety of your pool environment. You need to make sure that the pool is supervised whenever it’s in use and secured whenever it’s not in use.
To supervise the pool, be sure that there are adults present whenever children are in the pool. Also, encourage children to use the buddy system whenever swimming.
Avoid alcoholic beverages when supervising or using the pool, and be sure your guests or family members do the same. Also, it’s a good idea to undergo basic lifeguard training, or at the very least to ensure that you are a very strong swimmer.
When it comes to securing the pool, a pool fence is a deeply important necessity. Pool fences may be purchased and installed from a variety of local and national companies, such as Pool Guard USA.
In addition to fencing, you may also consider important additional safety features like a pool alarm system. During the off-season, it is also important to use a safety pool cover instead of a traditional pool cover, especially when there are children and/or pets in your home or in the neighborhood.
If you follow all of these tips and are sure to check local laws and regulations, you’ll be sure to enjoy your pool in safety for years to come.