Safety tips from the most reliable pool contractors in Charlotte NC
Many families dream of having a pool in their backyard. They have visions of fun-filled days and family and friends gathering on summer evenings. This is definitely the goal for most families, but even more important is taking steps to ensure everyone is safe when around and in the pool.
There are steps you can take to help keep your family and visitors safe while using your pool. Taking these actions can also help you with insurance costs. Local ordinances or codes may also require certain safety features for your pool and the surrounding area, so it is a good idea to discuss safety features with the most reliable pool contractors in Charlotte NC. Recommended safety steps include:
- Upgrading drain covers. If you pool has the old-fashioned, flat drain covers, it is recommended that you upgrade to new drain covers that comply with federal standards. These drain covers are much safer and even reduce the amount of hair caught in the drains. This greatly reduces the risk of someone drowning because of hair entrapment.
- Enclose your pool with a fence at least four foot high. Any gates in the pool should be lockable and open away from the pool. These gates should also be self-locking and self-closing.
- Add an automatic cut-off device for your pool pump. This type of device detects an increase in suction pressure and cuts off the pool pump to relieve that pressure. This often happens when the drain is blocked and is much faster than having to manually turn off the pump.
- Use a pool cover that meets the safety standards as set by the American Society for Testing and Materials. These specifications will add a layer of protection, reduce water evaporation, and reduce heat loss. This cover should be tightly secured on all sides when installed over the pool to prevent anyone, especially children from slipping under the cover. Do not allow water to accumulate on the cover.
- Install a rope dividing the shallow end of the pool from the deep end. This notifies swimmers of varying water depths.
- Install in-pool alarms and motion detectors. These provide an alarm when there is someone in the pool. They are also available for fences, doors, and as a clip-on for children.
- If you are building a new pool, install more than one drain. This helps reduce pressure from each drain. With a single drain, suction pressure may be strong enough to hold 400 to 500 pounds. This is almost impossible for an adult to escape, not to mention a child.
- Lock up all pool chemicals and keep the key away from children.
- Never leave children unsupervised around the pool, even if the gates are locked.
- Make sure everyone in your family knows how to swim. Children can be enrolled in swimming lessons at a very young age and it may save their life.
If you need to add or upgrade safety features for your backyard pool, call Carolina Pool Plastering, one of Charlotte’s most reliable pool contractors.