Fiberglass Pool and Spa Safety Checklist
Owning a fiberglass swimming pool and/or spa means never having to look for a great place to relax and have fun with family and friends. All you have to do is walk out your back door, and your private oasis is within arm’s reach. However, pools and spas do come with a few risks. Therefore, when you own a fiberglass pool and spa, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone who uses them. At Leisure Pools, we want you to create amazing memories with family and friends. We just want you to be safe in the process.
And because May is National Water Safety Month, we wanted to raise awareness about the importance of water safety and drowning prevention. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for children ages one to four and the second leading cause for children ages five to 14. Here are some things you can do to promote water safety in and around your fiberglass pool/spa this month and all year round:
Fiberglass Pool and Spa Safety Measures
1.) Install a fence and gate around your pool and spa area. The fence should be at least four feet high and come with a self-closing, self-latching gate for added safety. This can help prevent young children from accidentally wandering into the spa or pool area.
2.) Install a pool or spa alarm. If you have the resources to do so, incorporate a pool or spa alarm into your pool area. These alarms will alert you if someone enters the pool or spa area without your knowledge.
3.) Cover all pool and spa drains properly. An uncovered drain can create powerful suction. This can trap swimmers, leading to serious injury or even drowning.
4.) Keep the pool and spa spaces clean and free of debris and clutter. Although using pool noodles, rafts, and other pool toys are fun, they can also create hazards for swimmers and increase the likelihood of an accident.
5.) Keep a first aid kit on hand. In the event of an emergency, a poolside first aid kit will allow you to quickly respond and potentially save a life.
6.) Supervise children and inexperienced swimmers when they are in the pool or spa. Accidents can happen even when someone is wearing a floatation device.
7.) Teach children how to swim and practice water safety with them. Make sure kids understand the importance of not running around the pool and spa areas. Likewise, instruct them not to dive into shallow water or swim alone.
8.) Inspect all electrical equipment. Make sure all of this equipment if grounded and up to code. Faulty wiring can create a potentially fatal shock hazard.
9.) Maintain water chemistry. Test the pool and spa water on a regular basis to ensure the pH and chlorine levels are within recommended ranges.
Of course, an automatic pool safety cover is an ideal way to add an extra layer of security and safety to your backyard fiberglass pool. These durable pool covers keep children and pets from gaining access to your pool. Integra Pool Covers offers six beautiful cover colors, as well, so keeping safety at top of mind will also keep your pool in style at the same time.
Always be prepared and create a plan in the event of an emergency. Make sure everyone who uses the pool or spa knows what to do in case of an accident. Also, keep emergency contact information readily available.
By following these safety measures, you can help prevent accidents and create a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone who uses your fiberglass pool and/or spa. Remember, safety should always be your top priority when it comes to swimming pools and spas.
At Leisure Pools, we believe you deserve the best Life of Leisure possible. By keeping safety at top of mind, you can enjoy peace of mind as you make incredible memories with family and friends in and around your fiberglass backyard pool. Contact us today to make your backyard dreams come true.