Residential Pools

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.

Residential Pools Guidelines

  • 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.

Residential Pools Checklist

  • 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.