BEING SAFE IN AND AROUND A POOL
The information below has been developed to bused as a guide for basic recommendations for safe pool usage, and is not a substitute for good judgment, common sense, responsible pool ownership and constant adult supervision whenever a pool is in use.
20 POOL SAFETY RULES
- All users should be familiar with the rules for safe use of the pool before they enter the pool area. This includes family and guests!
- The pool gate should remain locked when the pool is not under adult supervision.
- Use the buddy system. No one should swim alone.
- No child should ever be allowed in the pool area or pool without constant adult supervision.
- A person who appears intoxicated or under the influence of a substance of any kind should not be permitted to swim.
- Make no assumptions. When you have guests over, always ask, “Do you know how to swim?”
- No running or horseplay of any kind should be allowed in or near the pool area.
- Prior to entrance, survey pool and pool area for any potential hazards.
- All drains in the pool should be properly covered. No one should play with or near a drain cover or drain. If any drain cover is broken or missing, close the pool and contact service.
- Make sure the pool and pool area are well lit when used after dusk.
- Always enter the pool feet first. A pool that is not equipped with a diving board is designated as a NON-diving pool, and no one should make a head first entry (diving or otherwise) into that type of pool.
If your pool is equipped with a diving board, you and everyone who uses it should be familiar with all instructions for safe use provided by the equipment manufacturer.
- No one should climb on or jump off of rock boulders, waterfalls or any other structure not intended for entrance into a pool.
- No one should stand or play on a pool cover.
- If your pool changes depth, the transition or safety rope should remain in place as a warning to swimmers of a change in the slope towards the deeper end.
- Keep emergency phone numbers posted and a phone available in the pool area.
- Always keep a safety equipment near the pool, including a flotation device and something you could reach out to someone with from the pool deck (i.e. a pole).
- Always keep a First Aid kit in the pool area.
- Keep any pool chemicals safely stored in accordance with manufacturer instructions and where they cannot be accessed by children.
- There should be no electrical devices in the pool area unless they are protected by a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter).
- Keep your pool properly maintained in order to maintain a sanitary area.