More than 10 million homes have pools in the United States, which means that there are a lot of families who can enjoy warm days relaxing by the water. However, with a pool at home, there is also a lot of responsibility to make sure it remains safe for everyone, including infants and young children.
Following these guidelines can help you maintain a safe pool area at your home.
- 1 Use multiple layers of safety around a pool, including: a fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate; safety covers; removable ladders/steps that can be stored away.
- 2 Always supervise children when using the pool, and enforce a buddy system.
- 3 Enroll children in swim classes so that they are comfortable in and around water.
- 4 Maintain chemical levels, and keep the water filtered appropriately.
- 5 Install VGB-compliant drain covers.
- 6 Repair pumps, drains, gutters, pipes, and fixtures immediately.
- 7 Establish a list of home pool rules, such as no diving and stay staying away from drain covers.
- 8 Post emergency contact information in a prominent place where everybody can see.
- 9 Store chemicals and dangerous materials out of sight and reach of young children.
- 10 Follow all local, state, and federal regulations when constructing or repairing a pool.
- The pool is protected by multiple layers of safety.
- Chemical levels are within appropriate limits.
- Drains have VGB-compliant covers.
- All pumps, drains, gutters, pipes, and fixtures are in good working order.
- Emergency contact information is posted in a conspicuous location.
- Dangerous chemicals and materials are out of sight and reach of children.