As the swim season approaches, I figure we have talk about an extremely important issue - Swimming pool SAFETY.
A few times a year, AAM Company has to decline work for liner installations or pool installations due to unsafe conditions.
If you are thinking about buying or already have a pool, please make sure that you are following all safety requirements. A great website for information on pool safety and safety requirements is http://www.poolsafely.gov/
Please review this quick checklist to ensure that your pool stays a fun and safe environment.
- The two most important – RESPONSIBLE ADULT SUPERVISION & NEVER LEAVE A CHILD UNATTENED IN A POOL.
- Keep pool ring buoy or approved flotation device(s) near the pool. Make sure people know where they are located in case of an emergency.
- Make sure a first aid kit is near by.
- If you have a main drain(s), call a pool professional to see if your drain cover(s) meet current code.
- The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act was passed and took effect in December 2008. (Anti-entrapment main drains).
- Make sure your pool is completely fenced in. The fence should be at least 4 ft. in height.
- Make sure that there are no electrical lines above or near the pool.
- Keep all chemicals AWAY from the pool. Pool chemicals react when wet.
- Keep toys out of the pool area when pool is not in use.
- NEVER dive into an above ground pool. Always know the depth of the pool before you dive.
- Post the 911 emergency telephone number.
- Have family members enroll in CPR or first aid courses, if they have not already.