by Rob Cox, Sept 26, 2011
Fall Swimming Pool Safety Checklist
Time to do a pool safety scan! Whether or not you close your pool for the winter, or enjoy that blue water all year 'round, taking some time twice per year to inspect your pool for pool safety concerns makes good sense. Think of it like checking the batteries in your smoke detectors, important details that can be forgotten easily.
Swimming pools should be planned with Layers of Protection built in to protect the innocent non-swimmers among us. Take a look at these areas of your swimming pool safety.
FENCING & GATES
Do your pool gates open away from the pool?
Is the gate latch at the top of the gate, or in the middle?
Does the pool fence Self-Close and Self-Latch?
Does the latch pop open when the gate is shaked, moved or lifted?
Is the gap under your fence less than 3 inches?
Are the gaps between upright fence slats also less than 3 inches?
Are any areas of your fence or gate in need of repair?
Internal gates, on secondary fencing, if you have it, is this in need of repair?
Any horizontal openings of greater than 3 inches that would allow for a climbing foot hold?
Any items or trees next to fence, that would assist in a person climbing over the fence?
Solid winter pool covers are not safe, keep them securely anchored and properly clean.
Mesh safety covers should be attached at all points, and any openings sealed off.
Solar blankets are not safe, and must be completely removed before swimming.
Automatic covers may be safe, if in good repair and rain and snow melt is pumped off.
Is the power conduit for electrical equipment in good repair?
Is the breaker box, timer clocks or switches in good repair, and shielded from weather?
Check your ladders, diving boards and slides for loose or broken treads or decks.
Are all electrical outlets near the pool protected by a GFCI?
Are all gas lines tight? Test for gas bubbles by spraying a soapy solution onto joint
Do you have pool rescue equipment near the pool? A working phone for emergencies?
Pool CPR signage, Emergency Procedures or Pool Rules signs
Are your pool chemicals stored in a cool, dry location, away from children?
Are you separating chemicals on different shelves to prevent mixing?
Do any containers need to be replaced to prevent contamination?
Do you have old chemicals that you cannot identify?
Does your pool deck have trip hazards; slabs that don't line up, or low spots that collect water?
Are any coping stones on the edge of the pool loose?
Have trees or bushes become overgrown so as to obstruct the line of view to the pool?
Is there too much furniture on the deck, blocking movement and view to the pool?
If a wooden deck, are there nail heads popped up or splintering wood?
A quick checklist for pool safety. Make sure to give your swimming pool area a thorough pool safety scan at least twice per year, make needed corrections quickly, and you'll enjoy a safer pool all year 'round.