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It is that time of year when you begin to open your backyard pool for family and friends – so it’s always a good time to review pool safety tips.

Did you know that anyone who is injured in your pool, even if they are trespassing, may have a legal right to file a claim against you for damages? It’s true.

An alarming fact is that drowning is the second leading cause of death, after car accidents, in children under the age of 5 years old.  Secure and safe areas around your pool are absolutely necessary to protect yourself and others who will be enjoying your watering hole this summer.

Here are some tips for keeping your pool area safe:

  • Fences and walls at least 4 feet high, surrounding pool
  • Gates should be self-closing, self-latching
  • Doors protected with alarms
  • Use a power, lockable safety cover

Fences should be at least four feet high and surround the pool. Also, if you have small children, you will want a locked, fence enclosure around the pool proper. This fence is in addition to your yard fence.

Gates should be self-closing and self-latching, and should be out of a child’s reach.

Any doors that lead to your backyard should be protected with alarms that sound when the doors open.  You may also add child-proof latches to any doors that lead to your back yard.

Maintain your pool and spa covers to ensure they’re in proper working order.

Consider using a surface wave, or underwater alarm. Your local pool company can advise you on what to use.

A motor-powered barrier that can be placed over the water area should be used when the pool is not in use.

Have your checklist ready as you open your pool this year. Keep it safe for family and friends and enjoy your summer.

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