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Whether you already have a swimming pool or are thinking about getting one, there are few things you should know to keep it safe since swimming pools are the cause of many accidents at home. Here are tips for swimming pool safety that everyone should practice.

1. Have Rules in Place for Swimming Pool Safety

Your swimming pool is a refreshing place to spend time in the warmer months. Having rules in place and making sure that everyone follows them will keep your pool safer. Some common swimming pool safety rules are:

  • Children must be supervised at all times.
  • No running around the pool.
  • Keep food and drinks out of the pool.
  • No glass in the pool area.
  • Avoid alcohol when using the swimming pool.

2. Balancing Chemicals

A big part of swimming pool safety is maintaining the balance of chemicals. Test the water daily and add the proper chemicals as needed. If the water isn’t balanced, it is unhealthy. Unbalanced pool water can irritate the eyes, cause skin irritations, or even make someone sick.

3. Flotation Devices are Important for Swimming Pool Safety

Flotation devices are not only great for relaxing and having fun in the pool, and they can save a life in a crisis. Here are some things to know about flotation devices and swimming pool safety.

  • Keep a designated life preserver on the pool fence for use if someone is in trouble.
  • Have plenty of floaties for kids.
  • The float line not only separates the deep end from the shallow end, but it can also be used for support if someone is in distress.
  • Too many rafts in the pool can be a hazard and obscure your vision. Make sure you can see everyone who is in the pool at all times.

4. Fencing

Most areas have laws in place regarding fences around pool areas. Your pool should be securely enclosed by a fence at least four feet high with a locking gate.

5. First Aid Preparedness

Swimming pool safety and first aid preparedness go hand-in-hand. You’ll want to be prepared if any accidents do occur.

  • Always keep a first aid kit stocked and easy to access. If someone gets a cut or scratch, keep them out of the water until the bleeding stops.
  • Learn CPR and first aid. Classes are usually offered at local colleges.
  • A swimming pool safety hook is a great tool to help save swimmers in distress.

6. Alarms Contribute to Swimming Pool Safety

Pool alarms will alert you if there is any activity in or near your pool.

  • An alarm can be on the gate to the pool.
  • Install an alarm on any exterior doors leading to the pool.
  • You can even have an alarm in the pool water to detect motion.

7. Pool Covers

When the pool is not in use, install a secure cover to prevent any accidents.

H&J Freile Home Inspection provides pool inspections in New Jersey. We will inspect the filter, pump, pool electrical components, rails, and the liner or walls to help you prepare your pool for summer. Contact us to schedule an inspection.