- Is There an Intact, Sturdy Fence? All in ground pools should be surrounded by fencing at least 4 feet tall. Gates into this fenced area should be self-closing. You should ensure that posts are close enough together that a small child would not be able to wiggle through them and gain access to the pool.
- Are There Alarms on Direct-Access Doors? If a door from your home opens into the pool area (something that’s extremely common with patio sliders), you need to install an alarm that sounds when the door is opened — especially if you have young children in the house.
- Is There a Pool Cover Designed for Safety? Some kinds of pool covers can act as additional safety measures, though you should never intentionally put weight on top of a pool cover. Getting a quality cover also makes good financial sense — a cover reduces evaporation, and can cut heating costs by between 50% and 70% — so you might as well buy one that also offers safety advantages.
- Have Rescue Items Been Stocked? You should have a life preserver (at least 17 inches in diameter) and a safety hook (designed to pull struggling swimmers to safety) in a place that’s near the pool and easy to access.
- Is the Deck Clear and Clean? Uneven pavement, plant debris or scattered toys can all present tripping hazards. Make sure the pool deck is cleared of all these items on a regular basis.
- Are the Chemical Levels Correct? Maintaining the proper chemical levels in your pool is crucial when it comes to preventing the growth of bacteria and algae. If you don’t keep up with testing the water and adding chemicals as needed, you risk infections.
- Is Everyone Safe to Swim? Pay attention not only to the pool itself, but also swimmers in your household. Make sure everyone who is around the pool regularly is a confident swimmer. Also ensure that any adults who act as lifeguards around your pool are educated as to what drowning looks like and which games and behaviors aren’t worth the risk.
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