Friday, May 17, 2024

Common Swimming Pool Hazards


Swimming pools are in high demand when summer comes. There are many residences that have pools on their property. This is a great hangout space for family and friends but you should take precautions to ensure nobody comes to harm. This is especially important if you have children or pets.

You can visit the pool safety blog to get an idea of what you can do to make your pool safer. But you need to understand the common hazards that are associated with swimming pools. There are many chemicals that you will need to store when you have a pool. These help treat the pool water and clean it. But there are many health risks that come with improper use of pool cleaning chemicals. You need to store the chemicals in a secure area that children or pets can’t get to. They should be kept in a cool and dry place. Also, you have to be aware of the amount of chemicals to add. You should not be able to smell chlorine as this will indicate that the pool has been over-chlorinated. If there is a strong chemical smell coming from the water, you shouldn’t be getting in the pool.

There is always a risk of drowning when there is a swimming pool. So you need to make sure that your children know how to swim and are supervised anytime that they are in the water. They should never be allowed to swim on their own. If you have younger children, you can use floaties. They should be secured to the child properly and there should be an adult watching them at all times. Many cleaning processes are electric and there are many electrically powered equipment around the pool. These can be underwater pool lighting, pool pumps, filters, vacuum, electrical outlets etc. You should make sure that you follow all regulations that are there to avoid electrical exposure. To ensure this, you have to carry out proper bonding and grounding. So if there is a short circuit, the power will be shut off instantly due to grounding. You need to ensure all electrical parts of the pool are connected building a grid. You can use a ground-fault circuit interpreter to prevent electrocution.

Many swimming pools have a diving board. But there are many risks they pose if they are not used properly such as injury to the neck, head or back. If you are not experienced in diving, it is best to avoid this. And you should hold off on installing a diving board in your pool until all your children are properly trained to use one. There are many slipping hazards that can occur when there is so much splashing. Make sure that your pool deck is cleaned of algae so that nobody slips on them. People also tend to slip on ladders and stairs that lead into the pool. To minimise this, you can highlight the location of steps by having a coloured nosing tile. Make sure that there is sufficient underwater lighting that illuminates the water. Sometimes ladders that have handrails can loosen over time. They should be checked regularly.

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