Above Ground Swimming Pool Safety

July 18, 2023

above ground swimming pool safetyAbove ground swimming pools can be a great source of joy and relaxation during the hot summer months here in the Mohawk Valley. However, they also come with their own set of safety considerations to ensure that everyone can enjoy the pool without accidents or injuries.

So we thought we’d provide some above ground swimming pool safety tips to help you create a safe and enjoyable time for family and friends using the pool.

Installation and Maintenance
Start by ensuring that your above ground pool is properly installed according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. If you’re unsure about the installation process, it’s best to hire a professional. Regularly inspect the pool’s structural integrity, liner, and other components, and promptly address any issues that arise.

Fencing and Gates
If you can, install a secure fence around the pool area with a self-closing and self-latching gate. The fence should be at least four feet high to prevent unauthorized access, especially by young children. This barrier can help reduce the risk of drowning incidents.

Pool Covers
When the pool is not in use, cover it with a safety-approved pool cover. This will not only keep the water clean but also act as an additional safety measure, especially if the cover is strong enough to support the weight of a child or pet that might accidentally wander onto it.

Consider installing pool alarms to alert you if someone enters the pool area or falls into the water. There are surface wave or underwater alarms available, each with their specific advantages. These alarms can provide an extra layer of protection, particularly when the pool is not in use.

Never leave children unattended near or in the pool, even for a moment. Designate a responsible adult as a lifeguard to keep a close eye on swimmers at all times. Avoid distractions like phones or reading materials while supervising.

Swim Lessons and CPR Training
It’s always a good idea to enroll your children in swimming lessons to teach them essential water safety skills. Additionally, ensure that adults in the household or those supervising the pool have undergone CPR and first aid training. Knowing how to respond in emergencies can be crucial.

No Running or Horseplay
Enforce a strict no-running policy around the pool area to prevent slips and falls. Discourage horseplay and rough activities that could lead to injuries in or around the pool.

Pool Chemical Safety
Store pool chemicals in a secure, dry, and well-ventilated area away from children and pets. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper handling, usage, and storage of pool chemicals to avoid accidents or chemical-related injuries.

Emergency Preparedness

Keep a well-stocked first aid kit near the pool area. Educate everyone in the household about what to do in case of emergencies and have a phone readily available to call for help.

Pool Safety is a Family Affair

Remember that water safety is a shared responsibility, and everyone using the pool should be aware of the rules and precautions. That includes the neighbors who should know not to let their kids use the pool when adults are not there.

Being proactive and vigilant about safety measures will ensure that your above ground pool remains a way to beat the heat and a source of fun and relaxation for years to come.

Until next time,

Your SZW Team

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