The weather is warming up and that means it’s POOL time! With the hot summer weather coming up here in the Sacramento region, many homeowners are looking forward to cooling off with a dip in their sparkling backyard pool.
While having a backyard pool is great fun, we can’t forget the importance of pool safety. Among preventable injuries, drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1-4 years old. California ranks #3 among the states in fatal child pool and spa drownings in 2017. There are many steps we can take to prevent these horrible events from occurring. Here are some pool safety tips to keep this summer pool season as safe as possible.
Teach everyone in the home how to swim. It will not only help to keep your family safe, but it’s fun too! There are many places in the Sacramento region that offer swim lessons. Here are just a few around the area:
Dolphin Scuba Center- 1530 El Camino Ave, Sacramento, CA 95815
Roseville Aquatics Complex- 3051 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd, Roseville, CA 95747 3
The Northern California Swimstitute- 11335 Folsom Blvd, Ste B, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
Steve Wallen Swim School- 1230 Glenhaven Ct, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
A new California law was passed that requires all pools and spas built or remodeled starting in 2018 must have at least 2 safety features to protect children from drowning.
Safety features that comply with the new law, as outlined in Senate Bill 442:
- An enclosure that isolates the swimming pool or spa from the private single-family home.
- Removable mesh fencing that meets American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Specifications F2286 standards in conjunction with a gate that is self-closing and self-latching and can accommodate a key lockable device.
- An approved safety pool cover
- Exit alarms on the private single-family home’s doors that provide direct access to the swimming pool or spa. The exit alarm may cause either an alarm noise or a verbal warning, such as a repeating notification that “the door to the pool is open.”
- A self-closing, self-latching device with a release mechanism placed no lower than 54 inches above the floor on the private single-family home’s doors providing direct access to the swimming pool or spa.
- An alarm that, when placed in a swimming pool or spa, will sound upon detection of accidental or unauthorized entrance into the water. The alarm shall meet and be independently certified to the ASTM Standard F2208 “Standard Safety Specification for Residential Pool Alarms,” which includes surface motion, pressure, sonar, laser, and infrared type alarms.
Pool rules, such as no running and no diving, should be established and followed by all members of the household. Children should always be supervised by an adult when they’re in the pool area and there should always be a designated adult to be the “water watcher”. Nobody should ever swim alone and inexperienced swimmers should always wear a life jacket.
Keep an Eye on the Pool Itself
Always keep your pool and spa water clean and clear. Regularly check that chemical levels, circulation and filtration are maintained properly. This will help to prevent rashes, earaches, and more serious illnesses. It is also a good idea to have a professional evaluate your pool periodically to make sure everything is in safe, working order.
Be Prepared For Emergencies
All pools should have appropriate safety equipment available and accessible at all times. It is encouraged for members of the household to learn how to respond to aquatic emergencies with first aid and CPR.
By following these tips you can have a fun and safe pool season. Now enjoy staying cool in your sparkling backyard pool!
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