Pools can be a lot of fun, but they can also present a lot of hazards. Make sure pools have the proper safety features in place to help reduce the risk of injury.
Prevent access to the water when the pool is not in use.
- Install and maintain barriers such as four-sided fencing.
- Use locks/alarms for windows and doors.
- Remove all toys from the pool area that might attract children to the pool when not in use with adult supervision.
Ensure swimmers know the pool depth.
Depth markers can help children and parents know where it's safest to swim. Depth markers can also prevent diving injury. No diving in water less than 5 feet!
Swim where a lifeguard is on duty.
If a lifeguard is not available, be familiar with lifesaving equipment and how to use it. Know the address of where you are in case you need to call 911.
Stay away from pool chemicals and pool chemical rooms.
While many pool chemicals help keep us safe when in the water, they can cause harm if used improperly.