Pool Safety - Tips To Keeping Your Family Safe

By: Phil Tripp

Do you have a pool in your backyard? Are you thinking about building one? If so, you know just how fun this can be. While pools are enjoyable, if the proper precautions are not in place you may be asking for trouble. It is crucial to make sure you have all the essential items especially if you are going to have small children in the area. For this reason, it is very important to exercise the proper level of pool safety. Not being careful in this area could lead to disaster in the long run. So what are some of the more common pool safety items that you need to be aware of? The following bullets outline some of the common pool safety items you should purchase.

POOL ALARMS

First and foremost, you may want to look into purchasing a swimming pool alarm. The great thing about one of these is that you can prevent problems before they ever occur. There are many different types of alarms to choose from. They include: door alarms, perimeter alarms, and wave sensor alarms among others. Weigh the pros and cons of each before buying.

POOL LIFE SAVERS

Moving on, pool life savers are also very important. In most cases, one of these will be just fine. But if you want to play it safe, look into buying a few. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry. Make sure that you purchase high quality life savers, and that you check them approximately once a month to ensure that you know where they are and that they are in good working condition.

POOL FENCES

Keeping intruders and children out of the pool is important. Many states have laws to regulate pools and require a fence be installed properly around your pool. Vinyl construction is usually preferred and maintenance free. Make sure the fence you purchase is UV Protected especially if your pool is located in a sunny location. Check the fence to make sure there are no gaps. Many kits have clear installation directions and it is crucial to follow the directions and make sure to keep your warranty in a handy place for future reference!

POOL LINERS

Covering your pool during the offseason is a practice that has become more and more common over the past years.

TEST KITS

Every hour at our local pool, the lifeguards mandate that every swimmer retreat from the water. They sit at the edge and pull out a test kit to check the levels of chlorine in the pool. This is a practice that is mandated every hour to ensure our safety. While a home owner may not have to test their pool every hour, it is extremely important to check levels using the proper equipment on your home pool before allowing people to swim in your pool or your hot tub. Many new Test kits exist to give you clear accurate results in seconds.

When it comes to pool safety equipment, there are many items that you can purchase. Having a swimming pool can bring a lot of fun to your home; not to mention the fact that it will increase your property's market value, but please make sure you have all the necessary items to ensure safety for all who enjoy your pool!

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