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Prevent accidents by closing your pool safely

On Behalf of | Dec 13, 2023 | Premises Liability

Closing your pool properly prevents accidents during the winter months. Safeguarding the area represents an important responsibility for homeowners who have a pool.

Check to make sure you have done the right things to secure your swimming pool until summer rolls around.

Clear the pool area

First, remove toys, floats and any other items that could pose a tripping hazard. Clearing the space around the pool creates a safe environment during the closing process.

Responsibly store pool accessories and toys in designated areas. They should remain away from walkways and the pool perimeter to prevent accidents.

Install a pool cover

Invest in a secure and durable pool cover designed for winter use. Ensure you install it properly. The pool cover should be able to support the weight of a person, reducing the risk of accidental submersion.

Even if you already placed your pool cover, regularly inspect it throughout the winter to identify any damage or potential issues. Prompt repairs or replacements maintain safety standards.

Add safety barriers

Consider incorporating new safety barriers such as a locked gate or fence around the pool area. This extra layer of protection can prevent unauthorized access and reduce the risk of accidents.

Regularly inspect and maintain locks and latches on gates or fences. Make sure they function correctly to securely restrict access.

Winterize pool equipment

Follow proper winterization procedures for your pool equipment, including pumps, filters and heaters. This protects your equipment and reduces the risk of accidents related to malfunctioning systems. Consider professional assistance to ensure correct procedures.

Clearly mark hazards

Add visible signage about potential dangers you cannot address before closing the pool. For example, you should alert anyone in the vicinity of a broken ladder or an area under construction. If possible, completely limit access to the area until you have completed the necessary repairs.:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 11 people drown every day in the U.S. Closing your pool safely can prevent a potentially catastrophic accident.