As the weather heats up and summer approaches, many of us are looking forward to spending time in our pools.
However, it’s important to remember that pools can also be dangerous if proper safety precautions aren’t taken. Here are the top five pool safety hazards to watch out for, and how you can avoid them.
- Lack of Proper Fencing
- Inadequate Supervision
- Slips, Trips and Falls
- Faulty Pool Equipment
- Lack of Proper Training
Lack of Proper Fencing
One of the most important safety features for any pool is a fence. A pool fence should be at least 1.2 meters high, have a self-closing and self-latching gate, and not have any gaps that a child could crawl through. Regularly inspect the fence to make sure it’s in good condition and that there are no areas where it could be climbed or breached.
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for young children in Australia, and it can happen in just a few seconds. Never leave children unsupervised near a pool, even if they know how to swim. Keep a constant eye on young children and inexperienced swimmers, and make sure they are within arm’s reach at all times.
Slips, Trips and Falls
Pool decks can be slippery, especially when wet. Make sure the area around the pool is free of any tripping hazards, such as toys or furniture. Install slip-resistant surfaces and make sure to regularly clean the pool deck to prevent any build-up of algae or other substances that could make the area slippery.
Faulty Pool Equipment
Pool equipment should be regularly inspected and maintained to ensure it’s functioning properly. This includes pool pumps, filters, and heaters. Make sure to follow manufacturer instructions for maintenance and hire a licensed professional to perform any repairs.
Lack of Proper Training
It’s important for anyone who uses the pool to be trained in basic pool safety, including how to swim, how to perform CPR and how to use safety equipment such as life jackets and rescue hooks. Consider enrolling in a pool safety or CPR course to ensure you and your family are prepared in case of an emergency.
In conclusion, pool safety should be a top priority for all pool owners. It is also law in Queensland that a Pool Safety Inspection be completed. By addressing these top five safety hazards, you can help keep your family and guests safe and enjoy a worry-free summer in the pool.