As the months grow colder and with your pool closed, pool safety and drowning prevention may not be on the forefront of your mind. However, as a homeowner with a pool in your yard, you can never afford to stop thinking about pool safety.
Here are some tips for preparing your pool for the winter months and practicing pool safety all year round.
First and foremost, if you haven’t already it’s time to install a pool fence around your pool. Not only is this one of the first steps you should do in ensuring your home is safe for your family, it is a vital component to water safety and drowning prevention.
You may have already covered your pool by now, however if you haven’t done so with a weight bearing pool cover, you may want to reconsider your choice. This type of cover will not only keep debris out of your pool, but also will support the weight of a person should they walk on the cover. If the pool cover you are using is not weight bearing, you run the risk of someone becoming trapped within the cover should they try to walk on it.
Another safety precaution to take is to lock your pool gate. Simply closing your gate and assuming no one will enter the pool area is not enough. Lock the gate to deter children, pets or anyone else from entering the pool.
It is also a good idea to reinforce to your family that the pool is off-limits during the cooler months. Put away all pool toys, store any pool games and even pool maintenance items like nets or skimmers. Anything that is normally associated with the pool should be secured away in a shed or other storage area.
If you are in the Northeast, and have already closed your pool for the season or are preparing to close your swimming pool for the winter, this is a great time to reinforce the layers of protection you currently have in place and add any you are missing.