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May 20, 2019

Summer Safety Series - 10 Tips to Keep Your Swimming Pool Safe

Whether you’re hosting the ultimate summer party or getting your cardio in with some laps, there’s no better place to be on a hot summer day than by the pool. 

While you probably consider yourself lucky to own a swimming pool there are a lot of responsibilities that come with having a pool (and no, we’re not just talking about cleaning it). Whether you’re a lone-swimmer, spend family days in the pool or are known for throwing the best pool parties on the block, there are many important safety measures that should be taken in and around the pool to ensure everyone’s safety. 

Here are our top 10 safety tips:

  1. Build a fence and gate around your pool to ensure children and pets don’t fall in. This is an important safety feature required by New York State. Check out the full Swimming Pool Rules and Regulations found in the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code here.
  2. Keep your pool covered when not in use. 
  3. Keep a close eye on children near or in the pool. Even kids who are used to being in the water should be watched with a keen eye. 
  4. Teach children to stay away from drains and suction outlets, and never enter a pool that has a broken or missing drain cover.
  5. Keep life jackets and water wings on-hand for inexperienced swimmers. 
  6. To keep guests safe around your pool, post a few “Pool Rules” safety signs. Signs can have reminders on them such as “No diving” and “Swim with a buddy.”
  7. Keep your pool clean and clear, always maintain proper chemical levels and consider having it checked by a professional. 
  8. Prepare for emergencies by keeping rescue equipment near the pool and making sure everyone in your home takes water safety, first aid, and CPR courses. 
  9. Ditch the diving board to cut back on pool injury risks. 
  10. Know your limits! Take breaks whenever you’re feeling fatigued and after you eat. Avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of water.

Follow these tips to keep everyone safe and make the most of your summer!
As a pool owner, you might want to consider an umbrella policy.