Proactive Steps to Avoiding Swimming Pool Accidents
The best thing you can do for your pool during this swimming off-season is to make sure that the swimming pool is safe to continue to enjoy. It is easy to let minor and seemingly insignificant repairs go unnoticed or unattended to while the pool is at the height of use during the summer. While this behavior is a gamble at best, it is in the interest of safety to vigilantly inspect and immediately repair any malfunction. Because, even the smallest “insignificant” issue under the right circumstances can be a swimming pool accident and mean disaster.
“Few people know of the hidden dangers from drain or suction entrapments. Drains with broken, missing, or faulty covers can entrap hair, the body, limbs, jewelry and clothing, or cause disembowelment/evisceration,” says poolsafety.gov.
In the event that the swimming pool is in tiptop shape, and even if it isn’t, layers of protection help to keep unauthorized access and use of the pool helping to reduce the potential for a swimming pool accident.
Keeping Every Aspect of the Swimming Pool Accident Free
The inspection of the pool area should not be limited to just the water holding portion of your swimming pool. It is a good idea to evaluate all that makes up the space to stave off swimming pool accidents. Evaluate the effectiveness of life saving equipment, in the event of an accident: have the children try on safety vests, verify that the life preserver in good working condition and verify that the outside phone is in adequate working condition and appropriate for the outdoor element.
Other Pool Items To Inspect, Helping To Prevent Swimming Pool Accidents
Is the fence and its latches in proper working order? Does the fence serve the specific purpose of preventing unauthorized access?
Is the pump in proper working condition? The electrical elements such as power cords, switches and outlets, are all of the pieces intact? Is the cord stripped exposing wire?
Any decking that may accompany an above ground pool needs to be free from water damaged and rotting boards. Proper sealant application at the time of installation is very important for making sure that wood in constant interaction with water remains strong.
Visit our page on swimming related accidents for a more detailed list of ways to improve the safety of a pool near you.