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A garden pool can be the center of summer fun, family time, and exercise. Having a pool at home can be great fun for the whole family.
Addressing the top security risks associated with a pool can help ensure a safe and liability free season.
According to the CDC, 3,536 Americans die in accidental drowning accidents without a boat each year in the United States. And for every child under the age of 14 who dies of drowning, an additional five are given an emergency room for non-fatal hiding.
To help you avoid problems and have an accident-free and liability-free summer, here are three areas of pool safety tips for homeowners.
Install a pool fence alarm
To prevent small children from entering the pool area unsupervised and children from the neighborhood not using your pool without permission, you should install a non-climbing pool fence. This is one of the best things you can do.
Guidelines for a secure pool fence include:
- Don’t have more than four inches between vertical slats.
- Be at least three feet tall and have a self-closing gate with a latch out of the reach of children.
- Do not provide easy steps or holds for climbing.
- Keep furniture or other items that can be used as climbing aids away from the fence.
For added pool security, it is also a good idea to install a pool alarm. These are triggered when they detect surface movement in your pool. They are a great way to protect yourself from children who fall in without your knowledge.
Set up and enforce your pool rules
You can increase security by setting rules for standing pools to keep you and your visitors safe. Every pool is different from every house. You may need special rules for your family and friends.
Here is a list of general rules to follow:
- Empty or seal flotation toys when not in use.
- Maintain free access to first aid kits.
- Do not leave tricycles or other riding toys around the pool.
- Keep toys and other tripping hazards away from the pool edge.
- Never allow radios or other electrical appliances near the pool.
- Prohibit diving in a pool that is not deep.
- Prohibit horseplay or roughhousing by the pool.
- Do not allow walking on the pool deck.
Be aware of other pool safety concerns
Owning a swimming pool also means that you, the homeowner, are responsible for alleviating other issues such as mechanical and chemical risks:
- Are all pool suction fittings and sanitary grates secured?
- Is the shut-off for the pool pump easily accessible in an emergency?
- Are chemicals safely stored in a locked place?
- Are chemicals clearly labeled in original containers?
- Do you know the correct procedures for a chemical accident?
Glenn Insurance wants you and your loved ones to be safe this summer. Call 1-888-OK-GLENN for a quote or to check your homeowner’s policy. Visit us on the web at GlennInsurance.com.
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