It will not be long before the cold days of winter are far behind and the warm days of summer are on the way. When the winter season finally comes to an end, the thoughts of pool owners turn to the back yard, where that vast expanse of crystal clear water awaits.
Whether you open your pool on the first warm day of spring or wait until later in the season, safety should be your number one consideration for all age groups. A lot can happen to your pool over the winter months, and even the best-prepared pool will need a basic safety checklist before it can be opened for the season. Here are some essential elements that belong on your spring pool safety checklist.
- Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 to 4, so never leave a child unattended or near water, teach children how to swim and to stay away from pool or spa drains, ensure pools and spas have complaint drain covers, install proper barriers, covers and alarms on and around your pool and spa. learn how to perform CPR on children and adults;
- Grab a sample of pool water and have it professionally tested. Imbalances or impurities in the water will harm the filter and other components, but poor-quality water could also make you or your family members sick.
- Change the filter before you open your pool for the season. The filter has an important job to do: filtering out impurities and keeping the water crystal clean and healthy. Starting the season with a fresh new filter is the best way to ensure a clean and safe swim.
- Make sure you know where all your pool safety equipment is located, including safety buoys, life rings and ropes.
- Perform a visual inspection of the pool deck, looking for loose boards, discolored areas, wood rot and other potential structure issues.
- Complete a tactile inspection of the entire deck area surrounding the pool, feeling for loose bolts, splintered wood and other possible hazards.
- Hire a licensed electrician to inspect the wiring and make sure it is safe. Electrical problems are especially dangerous around water, so an annual inspection is a must.
It will soon be time to open up your pool and enjoy the abundant heat and long summer days. If you want to hang out by the pool when the weather gets hot, take advantage of the cool spring days to get your back yard, deck and swimming area in shape.
For further information on swimming pool safety:
Safety Barreir Guidelines for Residential Pools