There are a number of ways for pool owners to enjoy the benefits of their backyard swimming pool without sacrificing safety but parental oversight is the key to safe swimming.
Taking a few additional steps can ensure that everyone; parents, children, friends and relatives have a safe summer:
Watch out for the “dangerous too’s” – too tired, too cold, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.
Flotation devices and inflatable toys are not the same as parental supervision – monitor children at all times.
Keep rescue equipment (pole, rope and personal flotation devices) close to the pool in case of emergencies.
Obey “No Diving” signs and enter the water feet-first.
Install physical barriers around your pool to prevent access by young children.
Don’t leave toys in the pool. Toys can attract children into the pool.
After you’re done swimming, secure the pool so children can’t enter.
Make sure the pool is equipped with a drain safety cover – replaced no less than every seven years – as well as with an emergency shut-off switch – near the pool and clearly labeled.
Another safety option is the use of a suction vacuum release system (SVRS) that automatically shuts off when a seal is created. Using a variable speed pump, like Pentair’s IntelliFlo, can provide an added layer of protection and energy savings due to multiple program and speed settings.
All pool equipment should be periodically inspected. Regular maintenance, as detailed in product manuals, will help keep the pool running safely and efficiently. Additional items such as proper storage of pool chemicals and keeping them out of the reach of children are also important to a summer of family swimming fun.
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