Having a family pool is an excellent way to beat the summer heat and make friends with many of your neighbors. Yet having a pool also presents plenty of opportunities for accidents to happen. With this in mind, here are some tips to ensure your pool area is safe, so you and your friends can have an enjoyable summer.
Inspect the Area Around the Pool
If you have an in-ground pool, chances are you have a concrete area surrounding it. Over time, heat, water, and regular use can wear down parts of the concrete, creating cracks or uneven areas. These uneven areas can pose a harmful risk for anyone enjoying your pool. Therefore, before opening your pool every summer it’s important to inspect these areas to ensure everything is smooth and level, as this can reduce the number of falls that occur.
Build a Fence
Another consideration is to make sure your pool is only accessible when you allow it to be. To achieve this, consider installing a fence around the perimeter of the pool, with a lock that only you and others in your home have access to. Doing so can prevent kids from using your pool when you’re not home. And similar to the concrete area, it’s important to conduct regular inspections to make sure there are no problem areas.
Test the Pool’s Water Regularly
Health inspectors require public pools to test the PH level, chlorine, and other factors in the pool to ensure the water is safe to swim in and avoid irritation such as red eyes. You should do the same. There are several ways you can test your pool’s water. For one, you can hire a pool cleaning service who will do this for you. Alternatively, you can buy a kit at a pool supply store to do yourself. Testing the water isn’t difficult to do and it’s a quick way to ensure your water is at safe levels for you and your guests.
Establish and Enforce Pool Rules
Accidents can happen, but one way to mitigate them is to make rules in advance. Here is a sampling of the rules you can choose to enforce:
- There has to be an adult watching at all times when people are in the pool
- No one swims when it’s dark out
- No diving in the shallow end
- No running around the area surrounding the pool
- The pool fence must be closed at all times and locked when no one is swimming
Along with these, consider having a first-aid kit on hand for minor accidents that arise. It’s also ideal to have phone numbers of all parents whose kids swim in your pool just in case you need to contact them in an emergency. Keep in mind if someone becomes injured in your pool, you could be liable for damages resulting from medical costs. Because of this, it’s important to have the correct coverage in place just in case this unfortunate circumstance happens.
An independent Cole Harrison agent can walk you through all the ins and outs of liability insurance to ensure you have the protection you need.