While a swimming pool can be a great addition to any home, it can also be dangerous if not managed well. You have the responsibility of making sure everyone is safe while using it. You also need to protect the area from unwanted guests that may wonder around unsupervised. It is important to realize that while having a home swimming pool can improve the value of your property it may also viewed as a liability.
Homeowner’s insurance rates may be affected by pool ownership as well. Make sure you talk to your agent about this so that you know what the additional premium is going to cost you. In most cases, when properly disclosed and protections put in place, the increase in premium is minimal.
A privacy fence that is at least seven feet tall is a good idea as well, not to mention it may be required by law or local statute. That way you can prevent people from getting in. Many individuals won’t even know that you have a swimming pool out there either with such a fence in place. A look on the gate to it is important as well. Children can be very curious and you don’t want anyone to accidently get in without your knowledge.
Your entire family should learn how to swim well. They should also be trained in CPR. Even expert swimmers can have problems in the water so don’t become over confident. A buddy system should be in place where no one is using the swimming pool without someone else being present. Children should never be using the swimming pool without an adult present. While you want the pool to be fun it can be dangerous so don’t take unnecessary risks.
Have some equipment readily available that you can toss in to those in need should you need to. Doing so can help them avoid panic if they feel they are in trouble in the water. Limit the number of people that come over to use the swimming pool at any one time too. That way you can easily keep a good eye on everyone. You don’t want some individuals to be unsupervised in the water due to their being too many people around to do a good job in this department.
Make sure everyone uses sunscreen for daytime swimming as well. That will help to prevent sunburns. It will also decrease the risk of skin cancer developing. Keep the area around the swimming pool clear of debris so people don’t get hurt. Look for materials you can install that help with traction when they have wet feet. You can find plenty of ideas from swimming pool dealerships and on the internet.
Night time swimming can be great fun too. Use lights to illuminate from your house to your swimming pool. There are many designs of such lights so you can find some that are very attractive for the décor in your backyard. There are even solar lights you can install that won’t cost you anything for electricity. The cells collect solar energy during the day and then give off light at night. When the sun comes up again the next morning they will turn off automatically.
The chemicals you add to your swimming pool are in place to make the water safe to swim in. If you aren’t using them like you should you put people at risk. There are various types of bacteria and algae found in swimming pools that can lead to illnesses. With the right allocation of these products though you won’t be seeing that happen. People will be able to use your swimming pool without worrying about it.
Safety needs to be a priority when you have a swimming pool. It is your responsibility to make sure everyone is safe in it. Doing your part will ensure you have nothing but fond memories of your time while in the swimming pool. You may find you need to put additional measures in place too depending on your swimming pool and your home. Look for possible problems and find a good solution before they can arise.
Call us at Arizona Mirage Pool Service and Repair with any questions about pool safety or to schedule an appointment for a safety inspection.