Winter Pool Safety Practices

Winter Pool Safety Practices
by Mark Garcia November 22, 2013

Kings Lodge, Hogsback Hotel, in New ZealandIt's true, that most drowning or near drowning accidents happen during the summer, and most of those in the early part of the summer, when the weather gets hot. So, naturally, pool owners tend to let down their guard a bit during winter.

Accidents do still happen during winter (20%!), and particularly during the holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day.

If your home will be host to guests during the holidays, whether for a small holiday party, or a holiday feast with a family as large as mine, be vigilant with pool safety, so your guests make it home safely.

Here in the south, we don't winterize the pool, like northern pools. If you have a safety pool cover on your pool for winter, you can rest easy, but without this or other strong layers of protection, an open pool is a dangerous pool.

Before company arrives, make sure that you have secured the pool, or the doors leading to the pool. Door and Gate Alarms can be installed on doors that lead out to the pool, and padlocks can be popped onto fence gates. If you have an automatic pool cover - use it! Don't open it up, so people can see how pretty your pool is, safety is more important. Pool Alarms are another great way to increase your pool safety.

Infographics are a great, visual way to display information. Here's a winter pool safety guide for Australian pool owners, (who are now enjoying summer). Just as appropriate for Americans, all of us want to avoid any pool accident, large or small, summer or winter.

Thanks to and for this great infographic

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Mark Garcia