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SWIMMING POOL SAFETY
Safety is the most important factor to consider when using or caring for your pool.
Please read all of the pages contained within this section, and make a habit of practicing basic
safety in the use and care of your pool and equipment. Also, read your equipment owner’s
manuals carefully. When you see blue underlined text you can click to open up more
information on that particular topic. In this section, we will discuss four main subgroups of
GENERAL SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS
are supplied by the CPSC and the
APSP and provide an overview of the various safety aspects mentioned above.
you do not know which pool safety step can save a life!
• Set pool rules and stick by them.
• Never dive in an above ground pool or shallow water.
• Nine out of ten diving injuries occur in six feet of water or less.
• Post depth markers to accurately identify the pool depth.
• Keep these basic safety items by the pool at all times:
Water Safety Video
1. Shepherd’s crook or long-handled hook
2. Life ring preserver-coast guard approved
3. First aid kit including written instructions on how to administer CPR
• Never leave children unattended or even out of eye contact in your swimming pool.
• Make sure pool is inaccessible to children when unsupervised or you are away from home.
• Don't leave toys around the pool or in the water.
They could encourage an unsupervised
child to enter the pool area
Follow instructions for assembly and use of a ladder.
Locate the ladder on a solid base
Face the ladder when climbing
Use the hand grips
One person on the ladder at a time
No running or pushing on the ladder
Swing-up ladders should be raised when leaving the pool unattended—even for a moment.
• Make sure you are aware of local requirements concerning fencing around pools.
• It is a good idea for all family members to become familiar with CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary
Resuscitation). Training is normally available from a number of different groups, i.e.,
American Red Cross & YMCA.
• In case of emergency, call 911 immediately. It is a good idea to have a cordless phone
available in the pool vicinity. Keep the following emergency phone numbers posted near
• Be aware and prepared for unsafe weather conditions.
All swimmers should leave the water immediately as soon as you see or hear a storm to
prevent possible electrical shock.
• Keep all chemicals sealed and out of children’s reach. Always follow all directions on label.
• Never mix chemicals together.
• Always add chemicals to water, never the reverse.