These reminders, along with a sane person’s common sense, will surely make your pool safe and entertaining for your family members–children and adults.
WHAT TO CHECK:
Check the local codes and ordinances for safety requirements.
Consult an expert pool contractor to make sure the depth of your pool is enough for a slide or a diving board. Don’t just install one without checking with a professional! If you were given the go signal, make sure you position the slide in the deep area of the pool, not in shallow water.
Let a licensed electrician install the electrical equipment as per the local safety codes. Do not attempt to do it on your own unless you yourself is licensed.
Your pool ladder steps must be at least three inches wide. The ladder should also come with handrails on each side, small enough for a kid to hold. Your pool should have two ladders placed at both ends.
If you have an in-ground pool, make sure a fence that’s at least six feet high is surrounding the pool. There should also be a locked gate to prevent children from swimming without adult supervision. The fence shouldn’t be easy to climb as well. To make sure the kids can’t enter the pool area, trees, shrubs, and lawn furniture shouldn’t be near the fence since these can help them go over the fence.
Clearly label water depths and use a safety slope line.
WHAT TO USE:
For your ladders, diving board, and pool deck use non-slip materials only to avoid accidents and injuries. Once the non-slip materials have worn out, you should replace them immediately.
If you have an above-ground pool, install firm guard rails around the deck. The rolled rims on the metal shell shouldn’t have sharp edges. The ladder should also be well-built and must swing up to keep the kids from entering the pool without supervision. If the ladder couldn’t swing up, it should be removed and kept far from the pool. If there are any protruding bolts and sharp edges, make sure to cover them.
As early as probable, teach your kids to float and swim.
Don’t let them swim alone or swim only with other kids their age.
Make sure they’re swimming with adult supervision.
Teach the kids what to do in case of an emergency. If possible, place an alarm bell near the pool and explain when and how they should use it.
Carefully explain why it’s not safe to show off in the pool or play rough games. Open their minds to the possible dangers of reckless running and diving.
Don’t swim after taking medications or drinking alcoholic beverages.
Check the area where you’re going to slide or dive––it should be free from swimmers.
For Kids and Adults:
Don’t push other swimmers into the pool (as if you’re going to follow this). Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
If you want to slide, your feet should always go first.
A first aid kit and rescue devices must be close to the pool.
Electrical appliances, such as and radios and charging phones, should be out of the pool area as they can cause electrical shock.