The Pool People encourages all pool and hot tub owners to stay safe in the pool and Hot Tub this summer.
Take a moment to ensure that you stay safe in the pool and have an enjoyable summer. From securing your pool from unauthorized access to checking for outdated equipment or newly available technologies. Now is the perfect time to make sure your layers of safety protection are firmly in place.
In collaboration with the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, The Pool People presents this safety checklist:
Constant Adult Supervision. Remember, never leave children unattended in or near water. Never use floatation devices in place of supervision.
Educate. Teach children to swim and make sure they understand basic water safety. Don’t leave toys or other items around a pool that would attract a child’s attention. To encourage children to be safe around water, ask them to take the Safe Swimmer Pledge. And, award them the APSP Safe Swimmer Certificate.
Replace Drain Covers. Get rid of old or broken drain covers. And, install anti-entrapment or safety drain covers that are compliant. Don’t let anyone swim or play near drains and suction fittings.
Use Pumps Properly. Never run your pump at speeds higher than the recommended maximum. High water velocity can contribute to suction entrapment.
Mark the Cut-off Switch. Make sure the emergency shut-off is clearly marked by a permanent, easily visible sign.
Maintain Fencing. Install fencing at least four feet high around the perimeter. Add a door and/or gate alarms that warn you when someone enters the pool area.
Cover Up. Install covers over the pool and lockable covers on your hot tub.
Have Working Gates. Install gates that are self-closing and self-latching; never prop them open.
Store Supplies Safely. Keep all cleaners, chemicals and maintenance supplies in a locked storage area away from children and pets. Check labels for proper storage and expiration dates and follow manufacturers’ guidelines.
Be First Aid & Rescue Ready. Keep a phone, rescue equipment, such as life rings or a shepherd’s crook, and a first aid kit with CPR and emergency information at poolside. Encourage family members to become trained in CPR, first aid and emergency response. Conduct family safety drills.
Ask the Pro. An APSP Certified Building Professional or Certified Service Professional like The Pool People can help you inspect and help you stay safe in the pool or hot tub for a season of fun and relaxation.