On a sizzling summer day, there’s nothing better than taking a refreshing dip in your swimming pool. However, backyard pools continue to be a health hazard for children and adults alike, although we may not spend time thinking much about it. There are many precautions you should take this summer to protect your property, guests, and children while having fun in the pool.
Tips to Keep Your Pool and Loved Ones Safe
- Build a pool fence
If you have a pool, you should have a five-foot fence around it that has a self-latching gate to prevent people from entering the pool area without your knowledge. Also, move furniture away from the fence that can be used to climb over. Ideally, the taller the fence, the better. If you have an aboveground pool, enclose the steps or ladder to the pool with a fence.
- Have rescue equipment and a first aid kit nearby
Make sure you have a life ring, rescue tube, or life hook that you can use to pull someone from the water to safety. This rescue equipment should be stored near the pool in a clearly marked and accessible area. Periodically check the equipment to ensure it’s in good condition. You’ll also want a first aid kit on hand that is stocked with essentials.
- Inspect the pool regularly for slip hazards
Kids and adults can trip on objects and fall into the water if these items are left near the edge of the pool. Make sure floats, tubes, toys, and cleaning equipment are stored away from the water then not in use.
- Set pool rules
Educate your loved ones on what pool conduct is and is not acceptable. Ensure everyone knows not to run on the pool deck, dive into shallow water, or swim without an adult present – no matter how confident they are in the water.
- Review your home insurance
With a pool comes greater liability and property risks. Be sure to work with your insurance agent to address these hazards so that you better protect your home and pocket.
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