Stay safe by the pool with these 7 best practices for pool owners

August 28th, 2015 by admin

With the end of summer less than a month away, many pool owners will be tossing on their bathing suits for a few days of fun before closing up for the off season. Before you jump in, however, take a look at these pool safety tips to make sure you and your family can enjoy the water without worrying. 

  • The fence and gate around your pool should be secure enough to keep young children out of the pool area without supervision. Make sure your gate is self-closing and self-latching for ideal security. 
  • No one should swim alone. Children and less experienced swimmers should not be left alone in the pool area, they should always be accompanied by a strong swimmer. 
  • Diving headfirst into the water should be prohibited. Most home pools, even those fitted with a diving board, are unsafe for diving, according to the Red Cross. The deep end is often too short and the diver can strike his or her head on the slope of the pool leading up toward the shallow end. Over forty percent of spinal injuries caused by careless diving occur in backyard pools.
  • Keep life preservers or rope on hand near the pool in case of emergency. 
  • Refrain from using or storing electrical devices, including outdoor entertainment systems, near the pool. When using electrical devices outdoors be sure to plug them into a ground-fault circuit interrupter.
  • Learn CPR. Even though you may have never been in a situation where you would have had to use it, it's worth it to learn even if you only need to use it once. 
  • Check your insurance policy so you know how you are covered. Make sure you are covered for not only any physical damage to the pool, but also for liability if someone was to get injured while using your pool. 

With these tips in mind, you should be able to enjoy some fun in the sun worry-free. For homeowners insurance that will keep you and your family safe, contact Fundy Mutual and speak with one of our qualified representatives today.