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Practice Pool Safety at Home

Fun in the sun is even better when you have a swimming pool in your backyard to keep you cool on hot, summer days. Despite all the entertainment that a swimming pool offers, there are also homeowner liabilities. To help you minimize your risk, we’ve gathered some safety tips to keep you in the know as you swim.

Here are some tips to minimize the risks of diseases or chemicals in pools:

  • Keep the pool water properly filtered and chemically treated.
  • Don’t allow swimmers to drink the pool water.
  • Keep pets out of the pool.

  • Don’t allow swimmers with open wounds or illnesses to go in the water.
  • Don’t allow babies in the pool unless they’re wearing swim diapers.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when adding chemicals to your pool or filtration system.
  • Avoid over-shocking the pool; keep chemicals at the proper levels.
  • Store pool chemicals in a cool, dry place where they’re away from fire hazards and lawn care products.

From poolside party safety tips to supervision, there are many general safety precautions you can take to make sure your friends and family enjoy your pool safely. As the homeowner, you are liable for the safety of all swimmers. Here are some tips to minimize drowning risks:

  • Install safety fences around the pool with a locked latch and place a cover over the pool when you are not using it.
  • Supervise swimmers at all times (especially children).
  • Keep lifesaving equipment near the pool and learn how to properly use it.
  • Do not rely on recreational floating devices such as water wings or foam noodles to provide sufficient support in the water.
  • Do not allow swimmers to horseplay in the pool.
  • Do not allow people to consume alcohol near the water.
  • Take lifeguard, first aid and CPR courses in case anyone needs assistance while on your property. Once old enough, your children should receive this same training.
  • Keep a telephone to call 911 close to the pool area.
  • Place emergency numbers and CPR instructions close to the pool.

Stay safe this summer! If you have any questions or concerns about risks or liabilities associated with your personal pool, speak with one of our representatives to discuss your options.

 

Please Note: The information contained in this message is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.