Hot summer days and swimming pools are a great combination to enjoy some summer fun. Many homeowners add backyard pools as a way to entertain and beat the heat. However, adding a pool to your property also increases homeowner responsibilities.
Keep these tips in mind if you decide to add a pool to your home:
• Install a fence. Most communities require a fence around private swimming pools. Install a safety fence with a locked latch and utilize a cover when you are not using your pool.
• Maintain pool hygiene. Properly filter and chemically treat your pool. Babies should wear swim diapers, and swimmers with open wounds or illnesses should be kept out of the water.
• Establish nonslip surfaces around the pool. There is a high risk of slips and falls occurring around a pool. Make sure the area surrounding your pool is a nonslip surface, and remove any standing puddles of water—as these increase the potential for accidents.
• Require swimming ability. Be sure that all children who use your pool can swim. If they cannot, a parent or guardian should accompany them and be near the pool to supervise. Life jackets or flotation devices should be worn by anyone who cannot swim.
• Store pool chemicals properly. Keep pool chemicals in a cool, dry place—away from any fire hazards and lawn care products.
• Know first aid. As a homeowner, you are responsible for the safety of all swimmers in your pool. As such, consider lifeguarding, CPR and first-aid courses for everyone in your family. This way, everyone will know how to safely respond in an emergency.
If you plan to add a pool to your home, you need to ensure you have the proper insurance. Contact Heritage Insurance for more information on pool-related coverage.