Imagine taking only a few steps from your back door and diving into your very own swimming pool. A professionally designed swimming pool can keep you and your family cool on the warm summer days we experience here in Orange County, and it can even increase your home’s value. However, a swimming pool can also be dangerous if certain precautions are overlooked. Here are some essential safety tips for your new swimming pool.
Stay Close and Be Alert
A child can drown in a matter of minutes, so always watch your children when they are in or near your pool. If you have friends over and there are children in the pool, designate one of the adults to keep an eye on the swimmers. Keep a portable telephone or cellphone close by at all times in case you need to call 911 in a hurry.
Walk, Don’t Run
Pool decking can be slippery when wet, so always walk around the pool to avoid slip and fall injuries. Watch young children around the pool even if they aren’t swimming, as they can easily (and quietly) slip into the water.
Be Smart Around Pool Features
If your swimming pool has custom features such as a diving board, water slide, or fountain, make sure everyone knows how to properly use these features. The misuse of pool features is one of the leading causes of swimming pool accidents.
Secure Your Pool
This is perhaps the most important pool safety tip of all. You cannot keep an eye on your swimming pool at all times, but you can prevent your children or pets from swimming or playing around the pool while you aren’t watching with a few simple security measures. First, install a fence around your pool that is at least four-feet tall and has a self-closing, self-latching gate. Pool and spa covers can also prevent a tragedy should a child slip past the fence.