Pool safety is something that concerns all of us. A dangerous pool can affect anyone—your friends and family, your neighbors, your environment, and you personally. This means that having a pool means that you bear a large responsibility.
There are always risks associated with owning or using a pool, just as there are risks inherent in driving a car or going to the amusement park. Your responsibility as a pool owner or user is to do everything you can to mitigate these risks.
The Four Biggest Risks of Pools
Before you can offset the risks of having a pool, you need to know what they are. These are the four biggest risks of pools:
- Not knowing how to swim
- Diving boards
Let’s look at each of these in turn, so you can know how to make your pool as safe as possible for yourself and those around you.
Not Knowing How to Swim
This can be a major risk when it comes to having or using a pool. The biggest thing you can do to offset this risk is to make sure that everyone in or around your pool knows how to swim.
This is especially true when it comes to children, but there are many adults whose swim skills are lacking as well. Consider getting a lifeguard certification of some kind if many people are going to be using your pool, so you can teach and protect them. Encourage friends and neighbors to get themselves and/or their children swim lessons.
Drowning is the most obvious cause of preventable death that we associate with pools. However, many pool owners don’t do enough to prevent it.
The best thing you can do to prevent accidental drowning deaths in your pool is to install strong pool fencing.
In addition to being the right thing to do, this is required by law in many areas!
Bacterial infections are the most often overlooked pool danger. To prevent your pool from causing illness—and to minimize its impact on the environment and expand its lifespan—always keep your pool properly treated.
Diving boards can be a lot of fun, but they are also a huge risk. To keep pool users safe, never install a diving board over fewer than 9 feet of water, and never allow inexperienced swimmers to use the diving board.