Home Pool Safety Tips

If you're lucky enough to own a swimming pool, it's likely that it has been a more useful asset than normal in recent times.

And with a possible higher pool usage comes the need for even great vigilence in all aspects of pool safety.

The American Red Cross has a great web page dedicated to pool and hot tub safety and here's an overview of the key points made there:

Securing the pool when not in use:

  • Totally surround the pool with four-sided isolation fencing with a self-closing and self-latching gate that is out of a child's reach.
  • A four-sided isolation fence that separates the pool area from the house and yard reduces a child’s risk of drowning 83%, compared to three-sided property-line fencing.
  • For above-ground pools, steps, ladders and other items that can facilitate pool access should be secured, locked or removed from the area whenever the pool is not actively adult supervised.
  • Installation of secondary barriers like door alarms and locks that are out of a child's reach on doors and windows that afford direct pool/spa access
  • Use lockable covers.

Safe behaviors that should be deployed and enforced:

  • Don't enter a pool head first unless it features a safe diving area.
  • Keep away drains/other openings that create suction.
  • Try not to swim alone or when not supervised by a water watcher.
  • Swim sober.
  • Stay sober when supervising others and don't be distracted by reading or cell phone use.

Water safety measures:

  • Ensure there are protective layers and barriers preventing free access to water, as well as life jackets, and close child supervision to prevent drowning.
  • Every family member family needs to learn to swim to achieve water competency and thus be able to enter the water, get a breath, stay afloat, change position, swim a distance and finally get out of the water safely.
  • Have a water emergency plan that includes how to help someone in trouble in the water safely, call for emergency help and CPR.

It's also very important to ensure that any tripping or slipping hazards are eliminated around the pool to avoid the risk of injuries resulting from a fall either into the water or by poolside. Good quality night lighting is another important consideration.

Here's a useful video overview and a link to take the Home Pool Essentials Maintenance and Safety Online Course (fee required):

We hope these guidelines help you to enhance your existing safety arrangements. Have fun, stay safe and please don't hesitate to contact us at 619-886-0175 if you have any questions or concerns linked to real estate.

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