Safety First!

Aboveground swimming pools are designed for swimming and wading only. They are not designed for diving or jumping. Only use an aboveground pool ladder or staircase to enter or exit your pool. Aboveground swimming pools are intended to provide many hours of enjoyment. Sensible use of the product is the key to safety. The pool owners must supervise the pool’s safe use, operation and maintenance.

First-time users run a higher risk of injury, before they enter the pool, so inform the users of the safety rules. Make sure that the users are aware that they are not to dive or jump into an aboveground pool--it is not designed for these activities!

Chemicals are needed for clean, sanitized water are potentially harmful when improperly stored or used. If mixed with other chemicals or elements, explosions and fire can occur. Read the label and follow manufacturers’ instructions! Always store chemicals where they cannot be reached by children.

Water is an excellent conductor of electricity, electrical shock or electrocution can occur in a pool if live electrical current flowing through appliances and come into contact with the water. Make sure all electrical appliances and devices are protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter or GFCI!

Recognize that constant adult supervision is the primary element in an approach to drowning prevention. Children are naturally attracted to swimming pools and associated pool toys. Never leave a child alone out of supervisory eye contact in or near the pool-- not even for a second. There is absolutely no substitute for constant adult supervision. Teach your children to Swim! Three to five years of age is the best time for swimming lessons. Plan ahead for potential emergency situations by owning and being familiar with basic lifesaving equipment and procedures, have at poolside a device such as a solid pole, Safety “Shepherd’s” hook, a rope or life ring which can provide immediate assistance to a person in trouble. You should plan ahead to prevent accidents and injuries, and make entertaining truly enjoyable.

For your family’s safety an electronic pool alarm is an inexpensive way to give some extra protection against the unforeseen. Make sure that you have properly installed your pool alarm with working batteries.

Use of alcohol or drugs do not mix with pool activities. Alcohol and drugs can instill false courage or “bravado,” leading people to try things they normally would not, such as horseplay or diving in aboveground swimming pools. You have the bottom line responsibility in poolside entertaining. Use good judgment to help protect yourself, your family and guests.

Remember to remove the ladder or secure it in the “up” position when the pool is not being used. Keep the pool clean and clear of debris. Keep the pool filled to its proper level. Before using chemicals, read the labels and directions carefully. Follow label use instructions. Keep all chemicals out of the reach of children. Always add the chemicals directly to the pool water. Never add water to chemicals.

A variety of electronic pool alarms are now available for swimming pools. A pool alarm gives off loud alarm tone to warn surrounding people that the water plane has been broken. The pool alarm measures a break in the water plan to indicate that something has fallen into the pool. Upgraded versions of pool alarms have a radio monitor inside the house, so the alarm rings both at the pool and somewhere in the house. The cost of pool alarms has dropped considerably over the past few years and every pool should have one installed to ensure some added protection.

If you want more information about pool safety contact the American Red Cross, your local YMCA or contact the National Spa and Pool Institute (2111 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314). Swimming lessons are available from a variety of sources in your area including: American Red Cross, YMCA, local school programs and summer camps.

We at FOUR SEASONS OF FUN include this section in our Maintenance Manual not to scare new pool owners, but rather to make them think of Safety First! A few minutes to inform pool users of safety rules will go a long way in preventing any accident.

Safety Fences & Gate Enclosures

Safety codes require in most communities that a swimming pool be placed in a fenced yard or that the pool be enclosed via a fence. Poolside safety fencing is available in both Aluminum and Resin material. Safety fencing can be bought for the entire pool or by number of sections needed. Vinyl Safety Fence now comes in both 24” and 36” height.

When a pool dug below grade to level with a slope, then it is recommended that the 36” height fence be used to ensure safe height above water level.

Ladder enclosures - safety fencing for around ladders

A ladder enclosure will automatically close when you exit the pool leaving the ladder blocked from the entrance. The new full size bridge ladder has a ladder enclosure built into the design of the ladder. The pricing of Safety fencing and ladders enclosure have significantly dropped over the past few years making these safety devices much more affordable.