How Safe is Safe Enough for Pool Owners and Users?
- Published on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 14:31
- Eliot Chapman
Obviously, there’s no such thing as “too safe” when it comes to owning or using a pool. However, many pool owners and users aren’t 100% sure if their pools are even “safe enough.” Although it requires a good deal of work and sometimes financial investment, pool safety is an important responsibility for pool owners and users.
Safe Pool Checklist
For your pool to truly be safe enough for everyday use, it requires a strong, tall pool fence
. Most local regulations require a fence be at least four feet tall, and many leading experts recommend five feet. Also, you should check your pool fence regularly for wear and tear or damage.
Your pool chemistry also needs to be tested regularly—weekly or bi-weekly—to best ensure pool safety for everyday use.
Furthermore, your pool requires a safety pool cover to minimize danger when it is not being used. While traditional pool covers fold and collapse under the weight of a person or animal, trapping him or her in the pool, pool safety covers remain steady and strong under great pressure.
Increasing Pool Safety
If you want to move beyond basic pool safety, you may want to include some of the following extra pool safety features. These can be especially important if there are young children or pets in your home or in your neighborhood.
- Pool fence alarms
- Security cameras in the pool area
- Pool nets
Although these features are not necessarily required by law, they can definitely serve as good, common-sense investments to make your pool safer than it already is. Remember, there’s no such thing as “too safe” when it comes to owning or using a pool.
Pool Use Safety Tips
Last but not least, you should consider what rules and good practices you’ve put into place for pool use. No matter how safe your pool area is, the pool is only as safe as the people who use it.
Some good rules to consider include some of the following:
- Supervise all children in the pool area.
- Encourage or require children, especially younger kids, to use a “swim buddy” system while in the pool.
- Do not use a diving board or starting block in shallow water—below nine feet for a diving board or six feet for a starting block.
- Be sure there is adequate signage regarding pool depth and pool safety rules.
- Use a floating rope or similar barrier to physically separate the deep end from the shallow end.
- Be sure all swimmers, children and adults, are competent swimmers.
- Use flotation devices for children and/or inexperienced swimmers.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages while swimming or while in the pool area.
Avoiding caffeine, drinking plenty of water, and using sunscreen will also contribute to pool health and safety while swimming or remaining in the pool area. Although not as dramatic or obvious as drowning, dehydration and sun poisoning can also cause accidents and health problems while swimming.