No matter which way you choose to use the word safety, Blue Water Pools wants to make sure that SAFETY is more than a word. It should be a way of life, especially around your backyard pool. And despite some beliefs, safety is not just for kids, SAFETY is for EVERYBODY in and around the pool.
Kids are invited to check out Sunny’s Safety Patrol and other great pool information at SplashZoneUSA.com, because pools are for kids, too!
NOTE: The following information serves as a starter guide/checklist designed to help promote and support safety awareness and education in and around residential swimming pool areas. This information is not intended to be used as exclusive reference for consumers (and others) to ensure that proper safety installation, operation, measures and equipment have been met.
Here are several safety tips to get you started:
Adult Supervision is key.
No matter what your age or skill level, increase your pool safety and enjoyment by ensuring there’s always at least one non-swimming adult present for supervision. A whistle for the adult may meet some resistance and may even sound corny, but it sure comes in handy when you need to alert and get everyone’s attention promptly.
Make sure that the fence style you choose meets the specifications set by the city in which you live. Fence structures shall be a minimum of 48”
with self closing hinges.
Types: Chain link, wooden, ornamental, etc.
Automatic or Manual Safety Covers:
Non-penetrating cover that completely covers pool, blocking access to pool water.
Types: Meets ASTM F13-46 standard
Alarm triggers loud sound to warn parent or guardian.
Types: Door Exit/Home Security; Fence Gate; Pool; Child
Rope and Float Line:
Placed across the pool to alert swimmers of the separation of the deep end from the shallow end of the pool.
Life Ring, Shepherd’s Crook (Hook):
These devices are used to pull someone from the pool to safety. All rescue equipment should be placed near the pool in a clearly marked and readily accessible spot. Periodically check and keep all safety equipment in good condition.
Emergency Information and Safety Kit:
A first aid kit is always a good idea to keep in a safe and convenient location. Periodically check to make sure the kit is well stocked with all the essentials. Most importantly, remember to post all CPR, emergency (911 or other) contact information and warning signs in a visible spot near the pool. You and your family may even perform regular pool safety drills to remind everyone what to do/where to go in the event of emergency.
A cordless phone is convenient and a good idea especially if you need to call for help or information quickly and without leaving the pool area.
When Diving from a Diving Board, please remember that most diving accidents occur from activities other than diving. Front flips, Back Flips, and Jumping to sides could result in injury. There should be NO DIVING from side walls if water is less that 8’ deep.
Toys, Games, Floats, etc.:
They provide countless hours of fun and enjoyment for everyone. Make sure that all devices are safe and age appropriate for each individual. Never leave any toys, games, etc. in or around the pool. Put them away for security and for safety.
Cleaners, Chemicals and Maintenance:
All cleaning and maintenance supplies should be kept in a locked storage area, away from children and pets. Always check supply labels for proper storage requirements and expiration dates.