We’ve already considered some of the ways you can help prevent drowning accidents in your pool (see Part 1 & 2). Making sure there’s adequate supervision, fencing around the pool, and other safety precautions are great ways to lower the risk of pool-related drowning accidents. In this article, we’ll consider some other pool-related accident risks and what you can do to help make sure they don’t happen to your family members and guests.
Make Sure Pool Equipment is Working Properly
Give your pool equipment a thorough inspection on a regular basis to make sure everything is in good working order. This would include lights, diving boards, slides, ladders, pumps, filters, and any other pool equipment you may have. If you notice damaged equipment, get it fixed as soon as possible. Keep people away from any equipment that is not working properly so they won’t suffer an injury.
Keep Up With Routine Pool Cleaning & Maintenance
One of the ways people can get hurt in swimming pools is by contracting bacteria-related infections. These infections can cause symptoms such as respiratory problems, skin irritations, earaches, abdominal discomfort, and diarrhea. These types of infections can occur when your pool water gets dirty due to contaminants, poor filtration, and chemical imbalances. Dirty pool water is a breeding ground for algae. To avoid these problems, always add the proper amount of chemicals to your pool. Skim out leaves and debris from your pool on a regular basis. Scrub and vacuum away visible debris that accumulates on your pool’s internal surfaces. Check the water’s safety by performing chemical tests as often as the product manufacturer recommends.
Perform Weekly Shock Treatments
If your pool is used frequently, you’ll want to perform shock treatments on a weekly basis in addition to your regular maintenance routine. You should also shock your pool any time you notice that the water looks discolored or cloudy. Staying on top of shock treatments can help keep your pool water clean, clear, and safe for swimming.
Keep Pool Toys & Accessories Off the Patio
Pool toys and floats can make swim times extra fun for the kids. What’s not so fun is tripping over those accessories when you’re trying to get from the pool into the house for a bathroom break. Make sure that any toys that aren’t currently in use are picked up and placed in a designated area. It’s a good idea to have waterproof bins with lids near the pool for convenient pool item storage.
Add Slip-Resistant Mats Around the Pool
You can tell children not to run near the pool a hundred times and some will still forget in the excitement of the moment. To lower the risk of a slip and fall accident, you can install slip-resistant safety mats on the deck or patio surrounding the pool. This is especially advisable if you have a concrete patio.
In our final article in this series, we’ll talk about a few more ways you can help keep your pool guests safe around the pool.
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