Many pool owners have a deep knowledge of pool safety issues and trends. Most pool owners also meet all legal and conscionable requirements for pool safety equipment, water treatment, and other safety factors.
However, with all these big-picture safety concerns to think about, many pool owners forget to do the simple, regular checks that ensure a pool’s safety in the long run.
To help solve this problem, I’ve written a brief primer for you and other pool owners who want to get in the habit of checking up regularly on their pools’ safety and suitability for use. Performing these checks regularly can save a life, and in most cases will also make your pool more durable and more attractive as well.
How to Check Your Pool’s Safety
The most important things when it comes to checking your pool’s safety features are regularity and attention. For the safety checks to be effective, you must perform them frequently. You must also pay attention while carrying out these checks.
Although checking every safety component and every chemical in your pool area can be tedious, it’s important work. This work prevents injury and death every single day.
Before setting out to check on your pool’s safety factors, make yourself a regular schedule. Promise yourself that you will check your water chemistry and pool safety systems (including pool fences, pool safety covers, and other safety devices) every two weeks.
To make yourself stick to this schedule, write it down in an area where you will see it often. It’s a good idea to keep this information near the pool.
You should also create a checklist of everything you’ll need to observe. For example, you’ll need to check every chemical recommended by your pool manufacturers. You’ll also need to check pool fencing and other pool security features for wear and tear.
Follow your pool manufacturer’s instructions for chemical testing. For checking safety features, walk around the perimeter of your pool area, on both the outside and inside of the fence, checking for rust, holes, and other signs of damage.
Be sure to also check other safety features such as the pool gate. Does the gate fully close and latch as it’s intended to do? Ensure this every time you do a safety check.
If you have a safety concern, stop use of the pool until it is fixed, and make moves to repair it as soon as possible.