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Frequently Asked Questions

Safety::Pool Safety


What are suggested pool safety practices and equipment?

Manual Safety Covers
An impenetrable covering that completely covers the pool, spa, or hot tub, blocking access to water. They should meet ASTM F1346 Standard.

Door Exit Alarms
Warns parent or guardian when a child opens the door. These can be a door announcer/chime or even a home security system.

Self-closing/self-latching devices for doors and latching devices for windows
Keeps all doors and windows leading to the pool, spa, or hot tub area securely closed, limiting access by children. These can be a hinge pin replacement, sliding glass door closer, and swing arm.

Fence Gate Closer & Latch
To close and latch fence gates securely, making a pool, spa, or hot tub inaccessible to a child. Make sure the gate is self-latching.

Fence Gate Alarms
Sounds when fence gate is open. Infrared Detectors/Wireless detection alarm that sounds when the area around the pool perimeter is entered. Types include light-beam and body energy.

Pool Alarms
An alarm placed in the pool that sounds upon detection of accidental or unauthorized entrance into the water. Types of alarms include surface water (wave motion), pressure waves (acoustic), and electronic monitoring systems.

Child Alarms
An alarm clipped on the child that sounds when the child exceeds a certain distance or becomes submerged in water. These can include a clip-on transmitter with in-home receiver or a Rope & Float Line. A rope & float line should be placed across the pool alerting swimmers to the separation of the deep end from the shallow end of the pool.

Fencing
To isolate the swimming pool by way of a minimum four-foot-high enclosure/To temporarily isolate a pool, spa, or hot tub when children are visiting. Fencing can add to your pool area's appearance as well. Types include chain link, wooden picket (if non-climbable), ornamental, portable fencing*, and natural barrier (thick hedge), if permitted by local code.

Life Ring, Shepherd's Hook
All rescue equipment should be placed near the pool in an easily accessible spot, and should be kept in good condition. These can be used to pull someone in trouble to safety.

Posted Emergency Information
Post all CPR, other emergency information, and warning signs, as well as the emergency phone number "911" (or other emergency medical service number), near the pool, spa, or hot tub.

Outside Telephone
A cordless or poolside telephone means parents don't have to leave children unattended while they answer the phone. Also, it's a good idea to have one handy to summon help, if needed.

Anti-Entrapment Drain Covers and Fittings
Current grates and covers help prevent body or hair entrapment. Make sure that drain covers meet the ANSI/ASME A112.19.8M standard. Safety doors should be installed in all pool cleaner wall suction lines. Pools, spas, or hot tubs with drain covers that are broken, missing, or not adequately secured should not be used until the proper replacement has been installed. Never allow children to play on or near drains, suction outlets, or jets.

Water Clarity
Clear water aids in identifying soakers and swimmers in distress, helps swimmers avoid collisions and is an indicator that the sanitizer, circulation, and filtration systems are functioning. Poor water clarity suggests the presence of bacteria and/or algae or nutrients for their growth, and that the circulation and filtration systems may not be working efficiently to remove the contaminants from the water.

10 Quick Safety Tips For Children

  1. Never leave a child alone or out of your eyesight in or near the pool, spa, or hot tub--not even for a second. There is no substitute for responsible adult supervision
  2. Access to the pool, spa, or hot tub should be limited by locked doors and/or gates whenever swimming or soaking cannot be supervised.
  3. Keep toys, particularly tricycles or wheel toys, away from the pool, spa, or hot tub. A child playing with these could accidentally fall into the water.
  4. Do not allow anyone of any age to swim without a "spotter" nearby.
  5. Pools, spas, and hot tubs are attractive to children, and children must be kept away from them in the absence of responsible adult supervision. A fence, wall, or natural/artificial barrier should completely surround your pool, spa, or hot tub. All gates or doors leading from the house to the pool area should have a self-closing and self-latching mechanism that protects against unauthorized entry and use. The inside latch should be 54" high, above the reach of toddlers or young children. Also, an alarm system for your pool, spa, or hot tub can warn you, if someone has penetrated the barrier.
  6. Check with your state or local government to learn their specific legal requirements concerning fencing around pools, spas, and hot tubs. You cannot be too cautious. If your pool, spa, or hot tub is indoors, lock the door to the room or have a cover that locks, to keep out children.
  7. Do not place objects (e.g., chairs or tables) near the pool, spa, or hot tub fence or barrier that could allow a youngster to climb over.
  8. Remove vegetation and other obstacles to create a clear view of the pool, spa, or hot tub from the house.
  9. If you use a pool, spa, or hot tub cover, carefully read and follow the manufacturer's directions for safe installation, use, and maintenance. Always completely remove the cover before using your pool, spa, or hot tub to avoid the possibility of anyone--especially a small child--being trapped and drowning under the cover.
  10. Drain any standing water from the surface of your pool, spa, or hot tub cover. An infant or small child can drown in even the smallest amount of water. If you use any of the lightweight, floating pool, spa, or hot tub covers, be especially alert for the potential for drowning accidents. These covers are not designed for safety and no one should ever crawl or walk on them. Pools, spas, and hot tubs are attractive to children, and children must be kept away from them in the absence of responsible adult supervision.
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